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  • Wishs for peace and happiness and a prosperous 2002 to you all.

    Dendrobium Griffithianum
  • A. What's New in Flask.
    Gongora superflua, Dend Griffithianum, Dendrobium bigibbum superbum purple Cooktown orchid, Dend bigibbum var bigibbum alba x alba, Trichoglottis luchensis (previously noted as T. ionosma)
  • B. What's Ready to replate.
    Gongora chocoensis, Ionopsis paniculatus, Dend punamense, Phrag lindenii, Phalaenopsis sanderiana, Cymbidium bicolor.
  • C. What's New in Plants.
    Trichoglottis brachiata.Trichoglottis ionosma, Trichoglottis loheriana, Trichoglottis luzonense, Trichoglottis philippinense, Trichoglottis retusa.
  • D. Culture
  • E. Did you know?
    Euro currency for Australian Banks.
  • F. Humour.
  • G. Non-absorbant cottonwool.
    Spare Flasks on hand.
  Photos in this issue: Dendrobium Griffithianum above, Trichoglottis latisepala, Trichoglottis loheriana, Trichoglottis retusa
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A. What's New in flask.

Gongora superflua. The Punch and Judy orchid. This genus has a complex labellum, and with the flower turned on its side, the labellum ( Punch) appears to have outstretched arms to embrace the column ( Judy). Best grown in a basket in a media that will stay damp, as these plants do not like to dry out. Mostly warm growers, they will need maximum sunlight short of leaf burn to flower well.
Dendrobium Griffithianum. A very showy species with large bunches of yellow flowers. Grows and flowers much like a Dend farmerii with all yellow flowers . Small pot or basket culture, grow on the dry side during the dormant winter and lots of water and fertiliser when new growths appear.
Dendrobium bigibbum Superbum. The rich purple phalaenanthe dendrobium from North Queensland, Australia. The Cooktown orchid produces long spikes of showy, well shaped purple flowers in autumn. Dormancy in winter is essential, when the plants should be keep almost completely dry, with just sufficient watering to prevent shrivelling. A warm grower, needs a small pot with a well drained media.
Dendrobium bigibbum var bigibbum alba x alba. From the top of Cape York, Australia. This has a flower similar to the Cooktown orchid, but with a much more rounded flower, and is grown the same way. Two alba clones crossed, clear sparkling white flowers with a touch of green in the throat of the lip. The Nursery raised plants are much larger and more robust than the original species.
Trichoglottis luchensis. Previously listed as T. ionosma "Formosa", the correct name has been applied. This is similar to T. ionosma, but with a different labellum, and is grown the same way.


B. What's ready to replate NOW.

Gongora chocoensis. A Punch and Judy orchid with redbrown and white flowers. Best grown in a hanging basket, for the long pendulous spikes.
Ionopsis paniculatus. A minature Oncidium type plant, best grown on a slab of treefern if available or a piece of cork with extra water. It produces a panicle of pale pink to lilac flowers, the lip with darker stripes. Intermediate grower, dry in winter, and fairly shady conditions suit. Dendrobium atroviolaceum is a showy small growing Latourea Dendrobium from New Guinea. The flowers are in clusters, cream to yellow, somewhat spotted redbrown, the lip violet purple. Best grown in a small pot or basket in a media that will stay damp but not wet. Several seedlings grown together in a small pot will produce an attractive small growing specimen. Phragmipedium lindenii "Gernot". The South American slipper orchid. with large green flowers and long petals. Best grown as almost a bog plant, with a media that wont dry out. Some growers recommend standing the pot in a saucer of water.
Phalaenopsis sanderiana. A large growing species with dark green leaves, dark purple leaves underneath. The flowers are pale to dark pink, shaped much like P amabilis. A warm grower, it requires a shallow pot or basket, a well drained media. and a shady spot.
Cymbidium bicolor. Allied to C. aliofolium etc, this is a robust grower with yellow flowers striped red. Best grown in a basket to accomodate the long pendulous many flowered spikes, it is a good outdoors garden subject in warm to intermediate climates.


C. What's new in Plants.

Trichoglottis retusa Trichoglottis brachiata. Near flowering size plants. See "Trichoglottis" below.
Trichoglottis fasciata. Flowering size plants.
Trichoglottis ionosma. Flowering size plants, previously listed as T cunelabris.
Trichoglottis loheriana. A slow, robust grower,these are developing into sturdy seedlings in 80mm basket pots.
Trichoglottis luzonense. Near flowering size plants.
Trichoglottis philippinense. Flowering size plants. Trichoglottis retusa. A rarely seens species, a few flowering size plants are ready for repot.
Trichoglottis tomentosa. Flowering size.
Trichoglottis wenzellii. Flowering size plants. . All listed plants are Nursery raised from seed. For culture see "Trichoglottis" below.
Pomatocalpa thailandense. Very similar in growth and culture to the Trichoglottis. This species grows easily and produces an erect branched spike of many  yellow and brown flowers in profusion. TOP

D. Culture

Trichoglottis latisepala There are basically two types of Trichoglottis, one has thin pendulous stems with small flowers along the stem and includes Trichoglottis australiensis ( Australia) and the occasionally seen Trichoglottis latisepala ( usually identified as T. rosea because of the coloured flowers, photo left) from the Philippines.
The second type are erect growing plants, much like Vandas, which are dealt with here. All the Trichoglottis grow well either in a bushhouse or outdoors, with broken sunlight and protection from direct hot sunlight. The climbers need something to clamber up, and can be kept managable by cutting tops and replanting at the base of the support for a specimen clump. They like plenty of water and benefit from regular fertilizing.
Trichoglottis loheriana T. brachiata, fasciata, philippinense, tomentosa, wenzellii and retusa are climbers, requiring a piece of treefern, cork or old wooden paling to clamber up.
T. luzonense, loheriana and ionosma do not climb, so are best grown in a basket in a well drained media. They are robust plants and will develop into specimens. Mostly warm to intermediate growers, they are all fragrant and flower at different times. Originally plants were imported from the Philippines. T. cunelabris has been correctly identified as T. ionosma.


E. Did you know ?

Important notice to European Importers.
As from 1st January, Australian Banks will only accept Euro currency from most European countries. Cheques and cash will have to be in Euro currency the Australian Banks will not accept the old currency ie Francs, Deutshmarks etc.

Parcels sent by Air Courier internationally can be traced on the internet. Waybill number and contact phone number for your locallity are advised at time of shipment, as well as the web address for the courier. It is very helpful if the Courier also has YOUR phone number.


F. Humour.

Two men talking about their lives and wives.
" I married 3 times, widowed 3 times," said one.
"What happened to your first wife?"
"She died of mushroom poisoning"
"Thats too bad, what happened to the second wife?"
"She died of mushroom poisoning too."
"Well, thats real bad luck, but what happened to your third wife?"
"She died from a broken skull."
"A broken skull?" "Yes, she wouldn't eat her mushrooms."

A man walks into a New York bar, leading an alligator, and says to the bar tender " Do you serve Texans?"
"Ofcourse we serve Texans," said the barkeep.
"Well, give me a beer, and throw the alligator a Texan."



G. A special note on flasking orchids.

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Non absorbant cotton wool allows gas exchange but does not absorb moisture. Thus the air filter will stay dry and prevent the growth of fungus thru the filter, a common problem with ordinary cotton wool which gets wet, goes mouldy and allows the mould to grow thru the filter to contaminate the flask.
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