NEWSLETTER July 2002
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Some North Queensland orchids.
IMPORTANT NOTE for USA importers. Phytos
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Paphiopedilum lowii x rothschildianum, Paphiopedilum roebellinii x Paph
Angraecum scottianum, Encyclia BelizenseVar Belizense.
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Paphiopedilum lowii x rothschildianum and Paph
roebellinii x Paph lowii.
As a propagator of species orchids, we seldom hybridise, but the
primary hybrids are so easy to grow that the combinations of the above
species appeal as showy good growing large flowered plants.
Best grown in a pot in a rich media that will stay damp but not
wet, there are as many paph medias as there are Paph growers. These primaries
will also grow in a warmer climate, with extra sunlight, and can be grown
with Dendrobiums etc., as does the parents including Paphiopedilum lowii.
Angraecum scottianum. A charming minature grower
with terete leaves, the plants become pendulous. The flowers are quite
large, typically pure white with a long spur, and always fragrant at night.
An intermediate grower, they do best on a mount, and a few seed raised
near flowering size plants have been established on pieces of cork.
A little extra shade and very good ventilation is essential.
Encyclia BelizenseVar Belizense. A pseudobulbous
species from the former Honduras, now known as Belize.
This species grows well in a small pot or basket in an open well
drained media, with plenty of light and air movement. A drier rest during
winter is needed, and when in active growth, lots of water and fertiliser.
An intermediate grower, near flowerig size plants are growing in small
canaliculatum.This species is a native of the coastal North
Queensland tropics, and requires a warm spot with lots of sunlight and
a dry rest during the cooler months. It is best grown on a mount, and excellent
results have been shown with the plant mounted on a vertical terracotta
saucer. Maximum sunlight and ventilation are required
Flowers white, tipped yellow and purple,
Catasetum vinaceum and Catasetum luridum,
Brazilian species, are typical Catasetums
that go dormant in winter.
This genera is adaptable to glasshouse culture,
even in cold climates, because in the warm growing season, lots of water,
sunlight and fertiliser will benefit the newly repotted plant. A
rich media that will stay damp and a well drained pot or basket is used
each spring to repot the dormant bulbs.
In winter, the dormant bulbs can be stored
dry out of the glass house, and repotted in spring when the new lead appears.
Catasetum vinaceum is a red wine coloured
species, and C luridum in yellow green with redbrown, purple in the lip.
species in flower.
species Ceylon is an unidentified terrestrial. The flowers
are quite showy, and the plants grow readily in a terrestrial media as
long as the definite dry rest in winter is observed.
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Some North Queensland Orchid Species
North Queensland is rich in native orchids,
in climates that range from wet tropics to cool mountain tops and dry scrubs
in rain shadows.
One of the common species
that can be seen in large roadside trees in the wet tropics is Dendrobium
teretifiolium. It has a large geographical distribution and hence a
large variation with several varietal forms.
The photograph is of a huge speciment growing
in a large fig tree next to the Cairns Library. A robust grower, smaller
plants in the orchid house do best on a slab of treefern if available,
or some similar mount that can be hung for the pendulous plant. Quite adaptable
to different growing conditions, the species will tolerate cool to tropical
conditions, sunlight as for other Dendrobiums and lots of
water when in active growth. The cooler months tend to be drier, so the
plant should be treated the same way.
is another common lowland tropical species. It is found all along the coast
growing in teatrees, usually in the poor soil flats that often are inundated
with water during the wet season. The wet, sunny flats are also host to
many terrestrials such as Habenaria, Nervilia, Pachystoma and Calochilus.
( See Sunday Creek
A minature species that is found
all over North Queensland is the minature Dendrobium
lichenastrum. This grows almost mat like in some places, on large
rock faces, and on the topbranches of the large trees. It grows extremely
well on treefern slab if available, or on pieces of cork bark or any similar
mount. A well ventilated spot with good sunlight, a drier rest in winter,
and the plant will cover its mount to form a specimen.
Its variety ( Dendrobium lichenastrum
is found at the higher elevations of the Tablelands, and grows much like
the smaller version.
Another species of the higher elevations
is Dendrobium adae.
This is a thin caned species that grows well in a small pot or on
a slab of treefern. A more intermediate climate suits this species, with
lots of sunlight.
In the drier areas, somewhat above
the coastal flat, grows one of the fragrant pencil orchids, Dendrobium
mortii. This is usually epiphytic in larger trees along the scrubby
banks of small creeks. Again, a mount is required for the pendulous plant,
a sunny spot and a definite dry winter is needed. It will thrive in a warm
to intermediate climate and is one of the few species that flowers here
during the cooler months.
Photographed is Patricia Walters, in the SkyRail gondola over the
Barron River, North Queensland, with the rain forest canopy below. The
SkyRail runs from Cairns to Kuranda, over the top of the rainforest canopy,
with 3 stops within the rainforest.
Species highlighted are links to more details.
More photos at www.speciesorchids.com/photos.html
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IMPORTANT NOTE for USA importers.
USDA has, from January 2002, begun to enforce the requirement for
a Phytosanitary Certificate for all plant and plant material imports.
This is not a new regulation, but the implementation of a rule that has
previously not been enforced.
ALL FLASKS imported into USA will now require a Phytosanitary
Burleigh Park does provide this Phytosanitary Certificate at cost.
Flasks are still CITES exempt.
here for the full details previously published.
Phytosanitary Certificate requirements for all countries.
We are preparing a data base for the import requirements for Phytosanitary
Certificates for as many countries as possible.
If you have permits or other information, please contact us so
that we can include as many countries as possible. A snailmail photo copy
would be ideal.
The data base will list the various requirements to import flasks
and orchid plants into each country and any special requirements pertaining
to Phytosanitary Certificates.
We all dislike red tape, but the Certificates and Permits
mean disease and pest free imports and quicker delivery to you.
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A special note on flasking
Due to the need for a filtered air vent on flasks to allow
exchange of gasses, a reliable air filter medium is needed.
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
Non Absorbant Cottonwool NOW AVAILABLE in
375 gram rolls,
Flasks on hand.
There are sometimes spare flasks available. These are ready
to ship, but we do not recommend shipping these flasks in your winter
as they are ready to deflask now.
For a list of available flasks, email
to replate. Eulophia
species Ceylon, Dendrobium canaliculatum, Catasetum vinaceum, Catasetum
Some North Queensland orchids.
www.speciesorchids.com New Links plus more photographs up.
Plants, Flasks, Books.
nonabsorb cotton wool. Notes on
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Photos in this issue.
Dendrobium teretifolium above, SkyRail, rainforest canopy
He is sitting on the porch reading
the newspaper when his wife comes out, hits him over the head with a frying
pan and demands to know who Daisy is and whats the phone number on the
piece of paper in his trousers pocket.
" Thats a horse I bet on last week and lost, dear"
She apologises and goes back to the kitchen.
A few days later, same place, reading the newspaper, and his
wife again comes out and hits him over the head.
"Whats that for?" he cries.
She answers,"Your horse is on the phone!"
An Aussie gets on a flight to USA and
sits next to an attractive lady. He notices a badge with ANA initials pinned
to her smart jacket. "Are you an ex-Australian National Airlines hostess?"
"No," she replys, "I'm actually the President of the Australian
Trying to think of something to say, he asks "Purely out
of interest, who would you say are the best lovers in the world ?"
"Well', she replies, " for the best all rounders, you can't
beat Jewish men. Then again, for stamina and distance, air force pilots
are tops, and if it's creativity you are looking for, you can't go past
the American Indian."
There is silence for a few moments, then she says
"I did not catch your name."
He looks her in the eye and says, "Pleased to meet you,
Flight Lieutenant Tonto Goldstein at your service, Ma'am."
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