NEWSLETTER January 2004
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citrata. A Minature Madagascan
species, dense spike sparkling white, cream white flowers. Best grown on
a piece of treefern or small basket in heavy shade. Intermediate grower
that demands good air ventilation..
Seed from Venezuela, Deciduous
species, a definite dry rest in winter and a repot for Spring.
labiata autumnalis. Huge flowers that sit up and look at you.
A typical Cattleya species, good drainage, lots of light and water and
fertiliser when in active growth.
purpurata carnea. Flowers to 15 cm, pale pink purple,
lip pink and veined. Brazilian species, grow as a Cattleya.Well drained
media, intermediate to warm growing and maximum sunlight. Link to a L purpurata
for culture notes.
Laelia purpurata roxo-violeta.
Flowers to 15 cm, violet purple, lip darker. veined. Brazilian species,
grow as a Cattleya.
A small growing, fragrant flowered species best grown on a mount with extra
water of a small basket.
'Syoujyou' x Neofinetia falcata 'Toutenkoh'
2 pink clones
Neofinetia falcata 'Toutenkoh'
x N. falcata 'Syoujyou'
reverse of above
Neofinetia (('Syutennnou' x
'Syoujyou')' select red ) x pink wild form 2
Neofinetia pink wild form x
(('Syutennnou' x 'Syoujyou') select red ) reverse
Link to the type form for cultural notes.
Notes below from the Japanese grower.
'Toutenkoh' is famous pink
form originally collected in Chiba prefecture. This is rare green root
tips with pink flower. 'Syoujyou' is one of best pink flower form with
dark red root tips. I expect more dark colored flower clone. ' Syutennou'
is another famous pink similar to 'Syoujyou' and some of 'Syutennou' x
'Syoujyou' seedling was white flower but I think all seedling from this
cross may be pink flower. 'Toutenko' and 'Syoujyou' plants bloom a little
earlier than 'Syutennou' x 'Syoujyou' 'selected pink' and pink from wild
are a liittle late bloomings. 'Syutennou' is most dark stem .
Some 5cm pot seedlings.
cochinchinense is a Jewel orchid from Vietnam. Velvety
green leaves with a lighter mid rib to the leaf.
Seedlings are growing in small pots in a
perlite bark media. It appears to grow readily, and requires a sheltered
spot and a dry rest in winter.
a warm growing New Guinea leafy stemmed species with unusual
large white flowers. It will grow into a large robust plant.
is another New Guinea species. A minature Latourea with green and
white flowers that requires a small pot with a well drained media that
will stay damp but not soggy wet. It should not be allowed to dry out excessively.
tetraspis alba (P.speciosa) Andaman Isles Elegant waxy
white flowers, odd purple blotch. It is a small grower, likes a well drained
basket/pot, heavy shade and good ventilation.
Paphiopedilum rothschildianum x
Lowii ( Paph Julius). White, striped
crossed into the wide petal Paph
lowii, broader purple petals. A multiflowered spike with up
to 6 or more flowers.
florida. Terrestrial. A rich leafmould
and soil media in a well drained pot. The plants like plenty of sunlight
and in warmer climes can be used in the garden. It is deciduous in cooler
climate winters and will require a dry rest.
Eurychone rothschildiana. Photo
at top. Minature Phalaenopsis like plant, white spurred fls. Lip large
trumpet like, green and brown. A rare African angraecoid species, best
grown on a slab in good shade and requires excellent ventilation.
The Brazilian species, this is
a somewhat darker chocolate form with a deep rich purple veined labellum.
The round, well shaped pure white base of many of
the modern Phalaenopsis. Flowers heavy textured with overlapped sepals
A showy yellow spotted red flowered
species from the Philippines. A small growing species, use a basket or
well drained pot with plenty of sunlight.
Species highlighted are links to photos.
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( syn Batemani) are
large growing plants from the wet tropics of the Philippines and Moluccas,
where they are usually lithophytic. Flower spikes can reach several feet
in height and tend to flower progressively, with large showy, very heavy
Robust growers, they require a large pot or basket
with an open well drained media, maximum sunlight and lots of water when
plants of the wet rainforests, these species grow high in the trees, in
hollows or forks where leafmould can accumulate. They have a strong robust
root system that produces aerial roots to form a saucer like mass under
as a leafmould and debris collector, thus providing a source of nourishment
to the plant.
When the plants are in active growth, maximum water and fertiliser is required.
After the new bulbs have matured, a little less water is required, until
the appearance of the new growths.
Grammatophyllums speciosum, papuanum and wallisii could be considered variable
forms of the one species. These are large growing plants that produce canes
up to 6 feet or more long, ( in the wild, even larger), the old canes yellow
and almost pendulous.
The plants require a large container or basket, will grow in almost full
sun, and produce a huge flower spike with very large flowers.
All three will grow and reach flowering size
in a 12 inch diameter container, and tend to start flowering when canes
get about 4 feet high. They will grow under garden trees or in the fork
of a tree provided extra growing media is placed at the roots until the
root saucer forms.
All these giants will grow in the garden in the warmer
climes, require a little shade in the heat of the day and will grow into
quite spectacular specimens.
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