BP SPECIES NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2001
Photos in this issue: Cattleya dowiana ( left),
Anoectochilus formosanus, Paph primulinum.
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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
B. What's ready to replate
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
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.
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.
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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Humour.Take me out to the ball
At one point during a game, the coach said to one young
"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
Do you understand all that?" Again the little boy
"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain it to
Golf, by definition, is a good walk spoiled.
Golf fanatic to friend; I dreamed it hit a hole in one, twice , last
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?
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