NEWSLETTER January 2005
Ascocentrum aurantiacum, Catasetum scurra,
Cattleya intermedia Coerulea, Laelia lobata, Thelymitra pauciflora. Photo
right; Thelymitra pauciflora
Paraphalaenopsis labukensis, Paphiopedilum lowii "Sumatra", Dendrobium
crumenatum, specimen Bulbophyllum vaginatum Philippine and Malaya forms.
Laelia purpurata "Roxo-Violeta", Dendrobium pulchellum, Dendrobium bellatulum,
Dendrobium virgineum, Cattleya gaskelliana alba x alba. Sophronitis cernua.
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Ascocentrum aurantiacum. The Philippines species once included
in the Asco
miniatum group. The plants are larger with erect dense bottle brush
spikes of orange yellow flowers. Bright light, a drier rest during the
winter months and the species will grow into an elegant plant with showy
flowering. A well drained pot or basket with a coarse media is used.
Catasetum scurra. A 'perfect" flower Clowesi section of
Catasetum. The pale straw and green veined flowers are strongly fragrant
of citron. Store dry during the dormant winter and repot in the spring
with the new growth. See Catasetum
for growing details.
Cattleya intermedia Coerulea. The Brazilian species with
heavy textured very frangrant flowers, variable in colour typically blush
white with rich magenta rose midlobe of the labellum in contrast.
This selfing is of a blue flushed form. Typical cattleya
culture, well drained pot and media and maximun sunlight short of leaf
burn for maximum flowering.
"Geni" x self. A concolour pink flowered form.
Laelia lobata Alba x self. The pure white form
Laelia lobata "Geni" x Alba
Three forms of the
now rare species. Grows much the same as Laelia purpurata and the
labiate Cattleyas. Flowers fragrant to 15 cms across, with a sparkling
texture and long lasting.
Thelymitra pauciflora. Sun orchid. A deciduous terrestrial species
that goes dormant after the flowering season. When in leaf it requires
a lot of water and sunlight. See Sun Orchids.
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
labukensis. Near flowering size plants
growing well on pieces of cork. A shade grower that requires excellent
drainage and ventilation.
Dendrobium crumenatum. The white Dove
orchid. Advanced seedlings in 75mm basket pots in small bark. Very easy
to grow into specimens, maximun sunlight and lots of water.
lowii "Sumatra". Near flowering size plants that grow with
the Dendrobes etc.
Bulbophyllum vaginatum, "Philippines"
and "Malayan". Two forms of this specimen forming species, 3 plant clumps
on slabs of treefern with 3 and 4 forward leads. The mop like head of flowers
is cream in colour and produced enmass when the plants are grown
in a bright sunny spot. Showy specimens in flower.
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
Laelia purpurata roxo-violeta. Brazil. Flowers to 15 cm,
flowers violet purple, lip darker veined. Showy.Best grown as for cattleyas.
Dendrobium bellatulum. Thailand. Dwarf plant, large white
flowers, lip red. Nigrohirsute. A minature species, best grown on a slab
with a little extra water while in growth and almost dry when not.
pulchellum. Also Dendrobium dalhousianum. This large robust species
requires a drier rest in the cooler months and lots of water and fertiliser
when in active growth. The flower are quite large, cream yellow often flushed
rose, the labellum downy with 2 large maroon blotches. A well drained pot
and media required.
Dendrobium virgineum. Thailand. Nigrohirsute. Flowers to
7.5cm, waxy white, lip veined red. Use a small well drained pot and kept
drier in the cooler months.
Cattleya gaskelliana alba x alba sib. Venezuela. Large
white, sib crossed, yellow disk. Flowers to 15 cm, fragrant. Typical cattleya
requirements, well drained media, lots of light. Photo
of normal form.
cernua. The Brazilian minature, brilliant orange flowers on a small
plant that grows best on a slab of treefern or cork with a little extra
water for the cork.
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Along the edges of the track, standing tall and graceful,
the blue, lavender blue and violet blue Thelymitra sun orchids
raised their faces to the sun.
Nine miles from the turnoff, Billy Gray told me, and nine miles and 35
years down the track they still stood there, gems in the peaceful bush.
And as exquisite, were the gems that Bill cut, by hand and eye, from the
rough stones of Agate Creek, amethyst from the Don River, topaz from
Camel Creek, sapphires from Tomahook, and a myriad of others from Australian
gemfields. His was a love of the hidden gems of the bush, the native
orchids and later the crystalline gems cut from rough stones.
Further along the track, where the country was more open, more sandy, there
grew Bill's "double tails", the little yellow Diuris
aurea, its petals erect, like ears, the Donkey Orchid. A single grass
like leaf with an erect spike of half a dozen yellow flowers spotted brown,
dotted through the short grass along the sides of the track.
An old time Cape York prospector, living off the land , collecting Cooktown
bigibbum fma superbum) on horseback,
"a shilling a dozen", when prospecting was poor.
A bush carpenter, a sawmill hand, Bill grew orchids and nurtured an interest
in native orchid species.
Along the track of Bill's "nine miles", growing in the shelter of
large rocks, were the little "pink fingers", the delicate Caladenia
carnea, with its single flower of bright pink purple, the sepals and
petals fanned out like fingers. Another single grass like leaf, an orchid
invisible except in flower.
Cryptostylis subulatus grew in a small creek, wide leaves in the
grass, its green and yellow orange and red brown flowers bewitching amorous
male wasps into pollinating the flowers, imitators of female ichneumen
wasps. They flowered in October, while the sun orchids, double tails
and pink fingers flowered in August, after winter rains.
In the rough barked, bull oak casuarina trees grew plants of Dendrobium
ruppianum, (D. fusiforme as it was then), Cymbidium madidum, and rarely
seen plants of Dendrobium bairdianum, and up on the rocky ridge, out of
reach of fire, the rock lily, king orchid, Dendrobium speciosum clung to
the rock crevices.
Along the track, nine miles from the turnoff, the sun orchids, the double
tails and the pink fingers grow and flower, always to bring to mind the
memory of a longtime friend, orchid grower, rock hound. Bill has been gone
a long time now, but while the sun orchids grow and flower, he wont be
Sun Orchids, Thelymitra species, are terrestrials
that require a well drained soil media and a dry rest when dormant. When
in leaf, bright sunlight and plenty of water are required. When dormant,
the pot media should be kept barely damp, especially in very cold weather.
Best grown as an intermediate climate species.
Ian Walters, Burleigh Park, 54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa. 4815.
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A husband shopping center has just opened where a woman may
go to choose a husband from among many men. The store is comprised of six
floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends
There is, however, a catch: As you open the door to any floor
you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot
go back down except to exit the building and you can never re-enter.
So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband.
On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
Floor 1 - These men have jobs.
The woman reads the sign and says to herself, "Well, that's
better than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she
The second floor sign reads:
Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.
The woman remarks to herself, "That's great, but I wonder what's
further up?" And up she goes again.
The third floor sign reads:
Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids and are extremely good
"Hmmm, better" she says. "But I wonder what's upstairs?"
The fourth floor sign reads:
Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good
looking and help with the housework.
"Wow!" exclaims the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there must be
more further up!" And again she heads up another flight.
The fifth floor sign reads:
Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good
looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak.
"Oh, mercy me! But just think... what must be awaiting me further
on?" So up to the sixth floor she goes.
The sixth floor sign reads:
Floor 6 - You are visitor 123,456,789,012,345 to this floor.
There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that
women are impossible to please.
Thank you for shopping at HusbandMart and have a nice day
Ian and Pat Walters,
Burleigh Park Orchid Nursery
54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa,
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