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In FLASK.  Habenaria colombeae, Habenaria rumphii, Habenaria susaneae. Habenaria rhodochila Pink, Oncidium trilobum.
In PLANTS.  Dendrochilum formosanum, Trichoglottis  batanense, Stanhopea nigroviolacea.
Ready to replate. Phalaenopsis rosenstromii. 4 Mormodes species. Mormodes lineata  photo right.
 Culture.   Two contrasting New Guinea Bulbophyllums. The Great and the Small.

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New in Flask.
  Habenaria colombeae. Intermediate grower from Thailand.  Pure white flowers, the large broad labellum lobed, exquisite shape,  many 2.5cm fls. Decidous, terrestrial media.
Habenaria rumphii.
Habenaria susaneae. India toThailand and China. Robust grower, large. 3inch white fls, fringed lip.Terrestrial deciduous
Habenaria rhodochila Pink. Thailand.  Lolly pink spurred flowerss, small grower, large flowers. The foliage is attractively mottled.
Oncidium trilobum A Mexico species with large flowers, golden yellow skirt. Small pot or slab culture.
New in Plants.
 Dendrochilum formosanum. Formosa/Taiwan. Small grower, long pendulous spikes of golden yellow crystaline flowers. This species will develop into a very showy specimen in a small pot. Currently flowering size plants potted in 70mm basket pots in treefern, 2 to 3 forward leads.
Trichoglottis batanense. A Philippines species from Batan. Pendulous leafy species, pale yellow flowers, with pink purple on the labellum in clusters at the nodes. Slab, basket. This will develop into a clump specimen and makes a very attractive basket plant.
Currently flowering size plants potted in 70 mm basket pots.
Stanhopea nigroviolacea. Mexico. Huge yellow, blotched chocolate purple, fragrant flowers. A spectacular species, needs a basket for the pendulous spikes of huge flowers. Flowering size plants in 125mm pots in treefern.
Ready to Replate.
Phalaenopsis rosenstromii   A form of P amabilis from northern Australia. Panicle of white flowers each 7cm. Lip with yellow marks. Typical Phal culture.
 Paphinia cristata. Venezuela. Flowers to 7.5cm, red, silver white stripes.A small growing species best grown in a small pot or basket.
Mormodes buccinator. Fantastic Golbin Orchid. Yellow to orange yellow flowers with a twisted labellum. A deciduous species, a repot  after the dormant winter in a rich media will promote large growths and many flowers.
Mormodes lineata. Another Goblin Orchid. This one pale yellow wtih dark red stripes along the sepals and petals.
 Mormodes claesiana. This species has bright green yellow flowers with a red labellum..
Mormodes sinuata. Dark red, dark veined flowers.
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Culture.  The  Great and the Small; 2 New Guinea Bulbophyllums.
In the Nursery we grow many different Bulbophyllums, and the contrast in plants and flowers is as incredible as the weird and wonderful plants and flowers themselves.
One such species is a climbing, rambling rhizomed species with leaves to 15 cms and flowers about 2 cm across. The other a giant among orchids.
Bulbophyllum tortum (photo left) is a robust creeping species that needs either  a large basket or a long piece of  treefern or cork to climb. A warm grower, it can be trained around a large shallow container. Maximum sunlight, leaves somewhat yellowish, will promote flowering.
 A species that likes a lot of water when in active growth.
A Giant.
In spectacular contrast is  Bulbophyllym fletcherianum. Photo right.
I was a wide eyed youth when I first visited Chas. He was an avid collector, worked in the railways and knew the local North Queensland native orchids and their habitats. Collected Rosenstromies from the Spec, a quid each, and bought species from Indonesia and New Guinea, where he had spent time in the 30's.
   One of his cherished plants was an astounding plant to inexperienced eyes, huge leaves to a metre ( three feet plus then) long, huge round bulbs and a story to go with it.
The species grows in the ravines of New Guinea, on the rock faces, in the mud and mulch of crevices where water almost continually seeped or ran, depending on the almost nightly rainfall.
Chas was a little vague on how he got them, before the War, but had cherished it for years and ended up with 2 or 3 plants.
He related a story of a poker game he saw in New Guinea between D'Alberts ( a New Guinea identity at the time) and Errol Flyn, so it must have been in the mid thirties.
More years ago than I like to remember, Chas retired to southern Queensland and decided to leave the tropical orchids behind. His phone call and offer of the huge plants promptly transfered them to my orchid house, and an impatient wait to see them flower.
Bulbophyllum fletcherianum eventually flowered. It is a robust grower, requires a good sized container, pot or basket. with a rich media that should also drain well. It needs to be kept damp but not soggy wet.
The flowers are individually about 10 to 12 cms long ( 4 to 5 inch), and are borne in a short many flowered cluster. The flowers are highly scented, somewhat unpleasently so, and it is common to find flies visiting.
It seems to flower every couple of years, not annually, and is slow growing.
It is a plant of the wet tropics, where warmth, moisture and sunlight combine to produces these giants of the orchid world.
 Rosenstromies; Phalaenopsis rosenstromii
the Spec; Mt Spec, Seaview Range, North Queensland habitat of Phal rosenstromii.
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Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O'Leary's apartment when Paddy
Murphy loses $500 on a single hand, clutches his chest and drops dead at the table.
Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue playing standing up.
Michael O'Conner looks around and asks, "Oh, me boys, someone¹s got to
tell Paddy's wife. Who will it be?"
They draw straws. Paul Gallagher picks the short one.
They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad situation any worse.
"Discreet??? I'm the most discreet Irishmen you'll ever meet. Discretion
is me middle name. Leave it to me."
Gallagher goes over to Murphy's house and knocks on the door.
Mrs. Murphy answers and asks what he wants.
Gallagher declares: "Your husband just lost $500 and is afraid to come home."
"Tell him to drop dead!" says Murphy's wife.
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