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  In FLASK.  Chysis bractescens photo right, Aspasia lunata, Aspasia sylvana, Aerides quinquevulnerum "Picturata" x Lawrenceae,  Dendrobium tetragonum  giganteum, Dendrobium tangerine, Renanthera matutina, Doritis pulcherrima "chompornense",  Cattleya araguayense, Phalaenopsis schilleriana, Phalaenopsis philippinense.





In PLANTS.   Due to continuing potting, we suggest that you send your want list by email to ianbpon(at)speciesorchids.com   Please  substitute @  for (at) to avoid Spam..An email reply will advise current stocks of plants of interest. 


Bargain Buys   Some species are listed ..

     A list of advanced C size seedlings, many ready for the next size pot including Epidendrum pseudoepidendrum, Cymbidium dayanum and Eulophiella roempleriana.

Ready to replate. 


Brassavola cucullata, Catasetum laminatum x pileatum "red", Catasetum thyalaciochilum, Sobennikofia humbertiana, Phalaenopsis violacea "Borneo", Cattleya iricolor, Clowesia (Catasetum) sps nova Aguirre, Mormodes petola, Dendrobium amabile, Habenaria rumphii. 

  Culture.    Oncidiums.The Dancing ladies of the orchid world.



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New in Flask


Recent germinations. 

Aspasia lunata, Brazil Small Miltonia like plant. Pretty fls 4cm, green,spotted redbrown,lip white.
Aspasia sylvana, Brazil Oncid like plant.
Aerides quinquevulnerum "Picturata" x Aerides Lawrenceae,  Multicoloured quinquevul x white magenta tipped Lawrenceae

Cattleya araguayense, Brazil Small grower. Sps, pts bronze, lip white with redbrown midlobe
Chysis bractescens . Mexico Large waxy fls to 7 cm, white, lip yellow.

Dendrobium tetragonum  giganteum, Australia Fls to 10 cm, yellow, white lip spottted red x red lip.Showy
Dendrobium tangerine New Guinea Twisted orange antlers, blue disc on lip, 7cm fls.
Doritis pulcherrima "chompornense" Thailand White to pale pink, splashed petals, yellow. Sib cross.
Phalaenopsis schilleriana, Philippines Panicles of 6.5cm pale pink to pink purple fls. Showy.
Phalaenopsis philippinense.Philippines Elegant white, blush pink 7.5cm fls. 
Renanthera matutina Philippines Small grower, panicle of orange flowers spotted red.
Spathoglottis kimballiana 4N (var angustifolia x BP). Philippines Sib cross 4N, 8cm vivid yellow fls, dwarf plant.

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Seedlings;  advanced 3" 80mm pot size

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Eulophiella roempleriana Madagascar Rose purple fls to 10 cm metre spike

  Awarded clone selfed. 4"pot  or 6 plants/community pot

Aeranthes grandiflora Madagascar Fls to 5cm, green, spurred, on long wiry spike. Fl/size plants



Top Ready to Replate. 


Brassavola cucullata  Mexico Fls to 12 cm, large white lip fringed, fragrant.
Catasetum laminatum x pileatum "red"   Large red x cream spotted red. Frangrant
Catasetum thyalaciochilum   Mexico Green, green veins, brown in the lip. Clowesia like russellianum
Sobennikofia humbertiana  Madagascar Magnificent sculptured sps,pts, white, green in lip, spurred.
Phalaenopsis violacea "Borneo"  Sumatra Waxy white, lateral sepals violet purple. Fragrant
Cattleya iricolor Ecuador Fls to 7cm,yellow, pale cream yellow, lip veined, blotched purple.
Catasetum sps nova Aguirre, Clowesia section of Catasetum. A new species?.
Mormodes petola  Borneo Emerald green leaf, veined iridescent silver. Leaf to 7 cm..
Dendrobium amabile Burma Long lost Bronckartii. Fls 4cm, white, flushed pink, in huge bunches.
Habenaria rumphii. Thailand Terrestrial. Unusual shaped white flowers


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Top Culture.   

.Oncidiums. The Dancing Ladies.

The genus is of considerable size and in recent times has been split up into different genera, but the species listed below are the old tradional names that I collected long ago, to grow in the tropics of North Queensland.

My first group is the typical large bulbs with several long leaves with long arching to almost pendulous  panicles of many flowers. These are basically the warm tropical species from Central America, require a large well drained pot or basket, a media that will drain well but retain some moisture. Species such as spacelatum,  panamense, wydlerii,  flexuosum,  and the smaller grower maculosum Photo right 

       These will grow in maximum sunlight, short of leaf burn to maximise flowering. In the tropics  a tree fork with adequate watering will also do, and provides a place to hang a  6 to 10 foot flower spikes.

            My next group is the fasinating Butterfly Oncids, papillio Photo right , kramerianum, versteegiamum and the rare sanderae. Oncid limminghei is included in this group, but requires a different potting/growing method as it creeps, and does best grown somewhat on the dry side on a piece of treefern.

All this group are definitely  shade growers, and  I have found I need to grow them in the shade with almost as much shade as that for Phalaenopsis.  I also apply this and the growing conditions to the rest of the species below.

When not in active growth, plants should be somewhat on the drier side, and when active, maximum ventilation is needed. to prevent new growths damping off. Use a small well drained pot or basket with a media that does dry well, but retain some moisture. In the Nursery a mix of crushed treefern and smallbark seems to work well.

        My next group includes the unusual bulbed species like  splendidum, ampliatum, lanceanum, carthagenense  and the terete leafed sprucei, cebolleta, jonesianum Photo right, teres and stacyi.

Oncidium splendidum has a large thick and rigid erect leaf. It will grow on a large treefern slab or in a well drained pot or basket.   It is perhaps a  shade grower in the wild, as for many years it was lost due to collectors looking in the trees for it, whereas it was actually growing in grass tussocks , somewhat semiterrestrial.

Oncid ampliatum  is also a single leaf species with large marked tortiseshell like bulbs, again grown like the splendidum.

Oncidium lanceanum, carthagenense, luridum, pumilum and stramineum,  are the "mule ear leaf" Oncids. with large wide fleshy leaves that end up almost pendulous on some species. The exceptions are pumilum which is a minature plant with short thick erect leaves and stramineum which is a much smaller grower. 

The terete leafed species seem to do better in  very small well drained pots/baskets. Stacyi and Jonesianum leaves tend to go pendulous, and Jonesianum will grow happily on a treefern mount.

           The next group are the equetent, minature Oncids henekenii, pulchellum, calochilum Photo right, triquetrum and several other species I have successfully killed with neglect/poor culture. A small pot/basket or treefern mount is required, as many are swarm  growers on twigs. Media must drain well and the small plants can be  susceptible to mite/spider mite attack, hiding in the leaf axils. Oncid calochilum has needle like terete leaves and is an amazing minature.

In general, Oncidiums require a well drained media, sufficient sunlight to promote flowering and when not in active growth, a somewhat drier rest.

If plants do not flower, then increase light. If the Butterlly Oncids develop a lot of orange colour in the leaves, then they are getting too much light. If you plants are not well rooted into the media and suffer from black spots and damp off, then cut the water.

Like all ladies, they respond well to love and attention. Happy growing.

Oncid kramerianum

Oncidium splendidum Oncid ampliatum Oncid triquetrum

  Text & photo Ian Walters. May be reproduced provided source acknowledged.

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  Top Seed.  of SPECIES orchids.


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   Top     Humour.     


3.. An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief,
finally asked him 'How do you expect to get into Heaven?'
The boy thought it over and said, 'Well, I'll run in and out and in
and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's
sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!''

4. One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was
tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he
asked with a tremor in his voice, 'Mummy, will you sleep with me
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.
'I can't dear,' she said. 'I have to sleep in Daddy's room.'
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice:
'The big sissy.'

5. It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the
children's sermon.
All the children were invited to come forward.
One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat
down, the minister leaned over and said, 'That is a very pretty dress.
Is it your Easter Dress?'
The little girl replied, directly into the minister's clip-on
microphone, 'Yes, and my Mum says it's a bitch to iron.'









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