NEWSLETTER July 2005
Dendrobium section Calcarata.
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to replate. Dend surigaenense, Cattleya quadricolor
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Paph Rothschildianum x laevigatum, Stanhopea inodora, Stanhopea candida.
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rhodocheila Orange. A deciduous terrestrial plant with subterrainium
tuber. Requires a humus rich media, good drainage and a dry rest once the
leaves have fallen. There are colour variants. Can be grown in any climate
as it is dormant in the cold winter months. Place a few rough rocks in
the media as the tubes like to attach. South East Asia.
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Bulbophyllum lasiochilum, Bulb
putidum x lasiochilum, Bulb
fascinator x lasiochilum are all rampant growers tthat require
a large shallow basket or tray or a large piece of treefern. Best grown
with the Dendrobiums with plenty of light and water and fertiliser
when in active growth.
A slab should be hung on a swivel to allow the
plant to warp around and form a specimen, where it will produce a multitude
Flowering size plants on treefern or in basket pots.
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
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surigaenense. A spectacular species from the philippines. This species,
also known as Dendrobium sanderae var surigaenense, does best in a small
pot or basket with a well drained media. It will also grow on a mount with
extra water. In the cooler months, the plants need to be somewhat drier,
but in the growing season, lots of water and fertiliser will develop a
large showy specimen. The plants are intolerant of wet feet. A bright sunny
spot and good air movement are required.
Cattleya quadricolor (chocoense), Similar to Cattleya
trianaei, typical labiate Cattleya culture is required. A well drained
media, lots of sunlight and a short rest after flowering and before the
new lead appears.
Zygopetalum mackayii Nigrescens. Seed from a private collection
in Brazil. This is a darker coloured form of the spectacular green sepals
and petals, blotched chocolate, lip veined violet purple flowers. A Cymbidium
type almost semiterrestrial media is required, well drained but staying
damp and not soggy. Intermediate grower, but very adaptable as it tends
to be somewhat dormant in the cooler weather.
rothschildianum. A robust growing species, large plants require a rich
almost semiterrestrial media, well drained, with lots of water and fertiliser
when the new growths appear. Paphiopedilum Rothschildianum comes from the
wet rainforests of Borneo, so requires a lot of water and fertiliser when
growing. Warm to intermediate, maximum sunlight short of leaf burn.
Paph Rothschildianum x Paph laevigatum. Paph
laevigatum is very similar to Philippinense and Roebellinii. This particular
clone is a rapid multigrowth grower, quickly forming a large clump. Crossed
with the spectacular Rothschildianum for large quick growing multiflowered
Stanhopea inodora. Flowers large, green white, grown as
for typical Stanhopea below.
candida. Stanhopeas require a basket with wide mesh to allow the pendulous
spikes to emerge from the bottom of the basket. A rich mix that will stay
damp is ideal, using spaghnam moss, composted bark or similar, with liberal
doses of organic fertiliser. The genus ranges from hot tropical to cool
mountain plants, so an idea of a plants origin can help determine whether
it is grown warm or cool. The flowers, while short lived, are quite spectacular
and very fragrant. Adequate fertiliser will allow the plants to be grown
in a sunny position, they are heavy feeders while in active growth.
S. candida is a charming all white flowered species, warm to intermediate,
but with a rest in the cooler months, a cool climate should be no problem
if kept somewhat drier.
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Calcarata section Dendrobiums. Top
Calcarata is a section of Dendrobium extending from
India to the Philippines, with many very showy species most seldon seen
For the most part, they are evergreen plants that produce flowers
from the older leafless canes. The deciduous species such as Dend cumulatum
require a dryer rest in the winter months, but the evergreen species should
be kept damp at all times.
The fine root systems of this section require a less than coarse
media which will stay damp but not soggy. Small pots seem to work well,
and a basket with extra media to hold moisture will accomodate larger plants.
As for most Dendrobium species, bright sunlight short of leaf burn
is required to promote maximum flowering. The softer leafed species may
require a more shady spot. In general, these species will grow in intermediate
to warm conditions, with the deciduous species tolerating a cooler climate
if keep dry during winter.
cumulatum; An Indian to Thailand species, deciduous, the leaves flushed
fairchildeae; A Philippines species with thin wiry stems, evergreen.
Dendrobium epidendropsis; A Philippines species with shorter
stems and tends to be deciduous. Flowers are waxy, yellowish, with a noticeably
square labellum and long mentum.
sanguinolentum; A showy species with cream to cream yellow flowers,
often tipped crimson purple. Comes from Thailand thru Malaya, Sumatra and
Borneo. A species named Dendrobium
cerium from the Philippines is closely related.
Dendrobium serratolabium; Philippine species, unusual in
the pale green petals and sepals veined brown. This plant also branches.
auriculatum; Philippines, originally exported as Dend papillio. This
has a large pure white flower, green in the throat of the labellum. A more
slender leafy evergreen plant.
lancefolium var papuanum is another evergreen species and in the wild,
mutabile; Indonesia Borneo. A rather long thin stemmed species, evergreen.
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rhodocheila Pink A colour variant.
Habenaria sagarikii. Grown as for Habenaria rhodocheila.This
has large white flowers with a yellow labellum. Thailand
Oncidium pulvinatum. Brazil. Branched spikes of many yellow
spotted light tan fls, lip yellow. Small pot or basket or slab of treefern.
Bulbophyllum niphondii. Burma Thailand. Somewhat like a smaller
pink Bulb wendlandii. Cool to intermediate grower, small basket or slab
and kept just damp at all times.
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