BP SPECIES NEWSLETTER June 2001
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issue: left, Phal lobbii, Wallaman Falls North Queensland,
Red Bellied Black Snake(Photo S.Wells) , Dend lichenastrum, Caladenia carnea,
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A. What's New
Dendrobium junceum. An unusual plant from the Philippines.
The long thin canes and leaves fern like. The yellow flowers are born along the
stems, about 2.5 cm, cream yellow with red purple markings in the lip. An
intermediate grower, it does well on a slab or in a small pot or
B. What's ready to replate
Phalaenopsis lobbii. An intermediate, minature grower that
is best grown on a slab. It is often deciduous in cooler climates, and rests for
awhile in the cooler months. The showy white flowers are borne close to
the plant, each flower about 2 cms across, the lateral lobes of the labellum
Dendrobium stratiotes. The king of the Antelope orchids
with beautiful clean white flowers with green horns and a purple striped lip.
Flowers to 10 cm tall, petals twisted. A warm grower that does well in a small
pot/basket or shallow container. Keep on the dry side during winter
Paphiopedilum gratrixianum. The glossy yellow and brown
species. This will take more sunlight and is perhaps a cooler grower. A small
pot, it is very easy to grow and will develop into an attractive
Grammatophyllums. Two GIANTS;
G. speciosum with canes 1 metres plus and 12.5 cm
yellowgreen blotched and spotted red brown.
G. wallissii, the Philippino form of speciosum with cream
flushed rose flowers blotched and spotted rose red.
Both species require a large deep pot with a Cymbidium type mix and
maximun sunlight. Ideal garden subjects in warmer climates.
C. What's new in
Aerides crassifolium seedlings in 5cm pots are doing
well in a mixture of shreded spaghnam and isolite.These will prefer a small
basket and open media as they develop. Pale pink to purple pink, waxy fragrant
flowers on a pendulous spike.
Dendrobium junceum flowering size plants have just been
repotted into 10 cm pots.
Cattleya aclandeae, in 5 cm pots, are best grown on a slab
of treefern if available. Green yellow blotched purplebrown, the striking lip
Phalaenopsis amboinense are doing well in 10 cm slotted
pots in the spagh mx, and will eventually do best in a basket or shallow pot.
This species has waxy flowers, pale cream with concentric red brown
I had a "Sale", a Forestry permit to collect peat
from the tops of fallen trees, when timber was still being cut around Wallaman
Falls. “Peat” was a local term for the thich mass of fibrous roots of the fern
Saturday morning, in Dad's Valiant ute, or the Renault and trailer, or both; it
was off to Wallaman Falls, picking up available members of the Union on the way,
Ray, Mick, Dave or Charlie in varying numbers.
First stop; Roma Cafe, Ingham,
cappucino, coffee, a table at the front and a view of the Ingham belles parading
past, Saturday morning shopping. Then off again to Trebonne, over the Stone
River, along the long straight road to the foothills, the road a distinctive
landmark from the top of the range. It still is.
The dry dusty winding road up the
range took us to the cool, damp, rainforest on top.
Here the polypodium fern grew in
huge, saucer like masses in the tops of the tall trees. Along the road to the
Falls, windfall trees were often found, natural passing of the trees or perhaps
the mass of polypodium too heavy for the trees after rain.
One windfall found was too easy,
until a hack at the poly with a cane knife bought forth a large red bellied
black snake. I rapidly communicated the problem to those standing on the
log behind me,
We all rapidly vacated
it's territory, at a rate slightly in excess of "rapid". We kept careful watch,
red bellied black snakes were quite common, especially in winter when they would
sun themselves by the edge of the road.
snake experience was when Dave spotted a large python in the bottom of a
Mind you, we were
standing on a log a good twelve feet above it. By the time Dave got to the
bottom with his sugar bag, a close up view convinced him he did not really want
about the size of a fire hose, and as long, from where I stood. But then Dave
had a different understanding of snakes to the rest of us and we didn't offer to
also the gympie gympie to watch for. The stinging tree was opportunistic,
quickly taking advantage of the sunlight where the fallen trees opened the
canopy. So did the fire tail finches, often pointed out by Ray who had an
interest in birds, feathered. Seen ocassionally were scrub turkeys and a
cassowary or two.
Where the timber had been cut, we found plenty of poly in the tree
Also growing there were plants of Dendrobium ruppianum, Dendrobium lichenastrum,
Cymbidium madidum, Bulbophyllums and occasionally a plant of Dendrobium
racemosum. In the small trees on the twigs grew plants of Plectorhiza
On to Stoney Creek, source of Wallaman Falls; lunch, a wash in the cold creek
water and then a walk along the creek to a rocky outcrop, home for
Pterostylis Baptistii, Pterostylis Hildeae, Caladenia carnea, and a Corybas
species and Acianthus species. Along the road edge grew Thelymitra pauciflora
with its pale blue flowers.
They grew there in profusion, in
the wet moss and leaf mould. We checked them out each trip, to see what was
trees were plants of Dendrobium ruppianum, Dend. lingueforme var
nugenteae, a few Dend. Bairdianum and Dend. agrostophyllum, and Cymbidium
suave. In one spot, on the road to the Falls lookout, were plants of the
terrestrial Cryptostylus subulatus.
A great day seeing these species
growing in the wild and the tremendous Wallaman Falls.
With a full load of peat, often
inhabited by large centipedes we would find later as we picked peat, and a long
drive home, we would head for Rollingstone and a quick double sars or similar
cold wet liquid. Who was the Union member who chatted up the barmaid at the
Rollingstone Hotel?? I wouldn't dare tell! Home to unload peat and Union
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And more photographs.
definitely causes hyperactvity.......
The kid spilt two litres of red
cordial on the floor the other day and I have never seen the wife so hyped up.
The stock market fall is not bothering me, I sleep like a baby.
for 2 hours, cry for 2 hours, sleep for 2 hours.....
Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons.
stewardess looks at them and says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen,
only one carrion
allowed per passenger."
A man goes to a new doctor, and the physician, taking a first look at him,
remarks on his new patient's extraordinarily ruddy TOP
high blood pressure, Doc," the man says. "It comes from my family."
mother's side or your father's?" the doctor asks.
"Neither," the man
replies. "It's from my wife's family."
"Oh, come now," the doctor says. "How
could your wife's family give you high blood pressure?"
"You oughta meet 'em
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