Cattleya dowiana
  Photos in this issue: Cattleya dowiana ( left), Anoectochilus formosanus, Paph primulinum.
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A.  What's New in flask.

 Bulb robustum, Paph malipoense, Ansellia africana ' Zimbabwe".  The New Guinea species Bulbophyllum robustum is also known as B. graveolons. It is a large spectacular species, with an umbel of  large yellow green flowers, with an orange red lip.  Seed of  the Chinese Paph malipoense , with green and white flowers, has started to green up. An attractive mottled foliage makes this a plant worth growing for both flower and foliage.  Ansellia, a variable African species,is best grown like a Catasetum, with a dry rest period. Recently germinated is the Zimbabwe form of yellow flowers with red brown blotches.

B. What's ready to replate NOW.

  Cattleyas; probably the most widely grown of all orchids.
           YELLOW  Cattleya Rex and  Cattleya luteola both from Peru  have developed well in flask and  are ready for the final replate. Cattleya dowiana type form from Costa Rica and var aurea from Colombia  have slowly developed to  a good size for the final replate.
              A relative of the Cattleyas, Leptotes unicolor  is a minature terete leafed species that forms clumps with proportionally large pale pink purple waxy flowers.  It is very easy to grow and will form  specimens on a piece of tree fern or a small well drained container.
C. What's new in Plants.
Ready now are some lovely 8cm basket pots of Anoectochilus formosanus, three plants per pot, near flowering size, well established and growing into healthy robust plants what will flower soon. Deep green leaves veined silver and gold.
 Another small grower, Bulbophyllum apodum is also ready. This is a small creeping species that spreads out and forms a specimen quickly. The flowering is like “ Lilly of the valley”, an erect many flowered spike of pale yellow  fragrant flowers.
       The very showy Paphiopedilum primulinum are now flowering, and seedlings raised from our stock plants have developed into strong 3 inch pot seedlings. A repot and some TLC and this species will grow and flower quickly. Flowers are  a clear yellow with green tones, the lip is bright yellow.

D.  CATTLEYAS are easy to grow...

Cattleya dowiana. A warm growing species, large pseudobulb with a single large labiate leaf. The highly fragrant flowers, up to 6 per spike, are about 15 cm across, sepals and petals nankeen-yellow, the lip rich crimson purple with radiating golden yellow veins.
            There must be as many differing methods and medias for growing Cattleyas as there are orchid growers who grow them. Cattleya dowiana and its variety aurea, are plants of the wet tropics, where they grow high in the forest trees to take advantage of the sunlight and the breezes. Therefore it makes sense to grow these species in a media that is open and well drained, in a pot or basket large enough to hold the vigourous root system without being overpotted. Where the growing media is not so open, such as for spaghnam moss, then a smaller more open container like a basket is best suited.
     Maximum sunlight, short of leaf burn, usually means the leaves tend to be a little on the yellow side, and promotes better flowering. Good ventilation is essential, with plenty of air movement.
 Text & photos at web page Ian Walters.

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This is constantly under revision and you will find heaps of colour photos, articles on species in cultivation and in the wild, plus links to other interesting species orchids, and more photographs. Check out the photos of species mentioned above

F. Humour.

Take me out to the ball game.
At one point during a game, the coach said to one young player,
"Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?"
The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together
as a team?" The little boy nodded yes.
"So," the coach continued, "when a strike is called, or you are
out at first, you don't argue or curse or attack the umpire.
 Do you understand all that?" Again the little boy nodded.
"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain it to your mother."
     Golf, by definition, is a good walk spoiled.
               Golf fanatic to friend;  I dreamed it hit  a hole in one, twice , last night.
               Friend:  That’s nothing, I dreamed I met 3 gorgeous ladies and couldn’t handle them all.
               Golf fanatic;  Why didn’t you call me?
              Friend;  I did, but you were out on the golf course hitting a hole in one.

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Ian and Pat Walters, Burleigh Park Orchid Nursery
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