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Photos in this issue: left, Phal lobbii, Wallaman Falls  North Queensland,  Red Bellied Black Snake(Photo S.Wells) , Dend lichenastrum, Caladenia carnea, Dend lingueforme.
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 A.  What's New in flask.
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 basket.

B. What's ready to replate NOW.

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 block brown.
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 specimen.
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 Plants.
 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 rich purple.
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 bars.

D. Wallaman Falls

     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 Polypodium.
      So 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. 
 Another memorable snake experience was when Dave spotted a large python in the bottom of a gully.
     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 the python.
     It looked 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 help.
      There was 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 tops. 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 brevilabre.
       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 flowering.
      In the 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 members. Ian Walters. For more photos  www.speciesorchids.com


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 F. Humour.
Red cordial 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.
I sleep for 2 hours, cry for 2 hours, sleep for 2 hours.....

Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons.
The 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
"It's high blood pressure, Doc," the man says. "It comes from my family."
"Your 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 sometime, Doc."


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