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 May 2012
In FLASK. Catasetum tabulare Cattleya lawrenceae Dendrobium spectabile Grammatophyllum marteae Spathoglottis plicata "bulbosa magenta x redmagenta"  Spathoglottis sulawesiense

In PLANTS.   Due to the continuing potting and repotting schedule, we suggest that you send your want list of species by email to ianbpon(at)    Please  substitute @  for (at) to avoid Spam. A reply by email will advise current stocks of plants of interest. Some species are listed below.
Ready to replate. Ancistrochilus rothschildianus  Catasetum luridum  Cattleya aclandeae Dendrobium langpongense Eulophia(Oceoclades)roseovarigata  Leptotes bicolor Liparis nigra

Culture.  Trichoglottis

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   left Dend spectabile    centre Gramm marteae   right Spath sulawesiense white
Catasetum tabulare. Green yellow, large whitish plate like labellum.
Cattleya lawrenceae. A Venezuelan species, with white to pale rose, rose violet sepals and petals, the  labellum  midlobe brilliant rose-purple. Use a well drained media in a pot or basket.
Dendrobium spectabile. New Guinea. large weird twisted flowers. Will grow intoa large specimen in a pot or basket, use a well drained media that will stay damp but not wet.
Grammatophyllum marteae.A large robust grower, basket culture in a somewhat semiterrestrial media.
Spathoglottis plicata "bulbosa magenta x redmagenta" Terrestrial. Rich leafmould and sandy soil mix. .This is the combination of a dark magenta x deep redmagenta  for its brilliant colour that will stand out in the orchid house. Both forms are large robust growers that could also be planted in the  garden.
Spathoglottis sulawesiense. Tall erect spike of elegant well shaped white flowers, the lip lobes pink to purple.Anothet  large robust grower with a spike to nearly a metre high, progressively flowering.
New in Plants
   Paphiopedilum roebellinii ( above) .Typical paph media, lots of sunlight short of leaf burn to promote flowering. Grow with the dendrobiums, not in heavy shade.
   Paphiopedilum laevigatum.Similar to roebellinii, with shorter petals that tend to spread rather than be pendulous.
   Dendrochilum formosanum. A charming minature that wil develop into a specimen plant in a 4 inch pot. A fine media that will stay damp but not wet.
   Dendrochilum propinqum. A minature form of convollarieforme, with pale greenish flowers.This species will grow into a large specimens in a small pot or basket like D formosanum.
   Vanda boxallii .A warm grower,  use large coarse media in a basket or slotted pot.
Ready to Replate.
Ancistrochilus rothschildianus             Cattleya aclandeae                             
Dendrobium lampongense
Ancistrochilus rothschildianus. African. semiterrstrial media, deciduous.Keep dry in winter.
Cattleya aclandeae. Small grower, treefern slab or open media in well drained pot or basket.
Dendrobium langpongense. Pedilonum Bottle brush type. Small  well drained pot with a media that will stay damp but not wet.
Eulophia (Oceoclades) roseovarigata. Semi terrstrial, variagted foliage, shade grower, rests in winter.
Leptotes bicolor. Minature with proportionally large white flowers, lip purple magenta, treefern slab or small well drained pot.
Liparis nigra. Terrestrial, semiterrestrial, hansome large leafy plant with very dark maroon flowers,very showy. Use a well drained fine media, rest in winter.
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  Photos L to R; T batanense, T breviracema, T brachiata, T loheriana, T tomentosa..

              There are some 30 odd species in the genus, and the following Trichoglottis species do well in North Queensland. in our warm tropical climate.
       There are basically two types of Trichoglottis, one has thin pendulous stems with small flowers along the stem  and  includes the Australian species, Trichoglottis  australiensis, and the exotic Trichoglottis batanense, latisepala, rosea and breviracema
        The second type are erect growing plants, much like Vandas etc, and  listed below are some of the species in cultivation. Species with  panicles or short racemes were previously  called Stauropsis and are not climbers, producing shoots at the base and developing into clumps. The climbing types produce roots along the stem and requires something to clamber up.
        The pendulous species.
Trichoglottis australiense. Pale yellow brown flowers,spotted brown.
Trichoglottis  latisepala. In good sunlight, the leaves turn red. Flowers 2 or 3 at a node, bright pink purple.
Trichoglottis breviracema ( rosea var breviracema). A species from Taiwan, with pearl pink flowers somewhat larger than  those of latisepala.
Trichoglottis batanense. Pale yellow flowers spotted brown, with a pink to purple lip.
       Erect growers  that clump.
       Trichoglottis ionosma  has a branched spike of  3 cm flowers, yellow, blotched and
barred redbrown. The lip is heart shaped and white. It hales from Taiwan and the Philippines  Also know as  Trichoglottis cunelabris in the Nursery trade.
       Trichoglottis luchuense also has a branched spike habit, with 3 cm yellow flowers, blotched and spotted brown. The lip is cross shaped, red brown. A Philippine and Formosan species.Like Trichoglottis  ionosma, these do best in pots or a basket as they do not climb.
       Trichoglottis loheriana ( davisii).A large robust grower with thick somewhat curved leaves. The spike is branched with  pale green to greenyellow flowers with dark brown to almost black. spots and streaks. A hansome plant, even when not in flower.
       Trichoglottis luzonense is a more compact plant, with wider leaves and is slow growing. The branched spikes carry numerous  4 cm flowers, yellow barred red brown, much like a small Arachnis flower. Another non climber, basket culture used, and perhaps a little more shade.
The following species of South East Asia, and the Philippines.
           Trichoglottis brachiata  has 5cm heavy textured flowers of rich maroon, the lip mostly purple, cross shaped, sometimes referred to as the Black Orchid. The flowers are produced along the stem. A climber requiring something to clamber up. It is perhaps the most spectacular of the species.
           Trichoglottis philippinense is the pale yellow, brown blotched form of Trichoglottis brachiata, with flowers to 4 cm, pale yellow around the edges, lip white flushed pink.
          Trichoglottis wenzellii, a rampant grower, has green yellow flowers with concentric red veins, the lip is long and white. Very fragrant, well worth growing for the perfume which will fill the orchid growing area during the warmer hours.
          Trichoglottis retusa, a smaller grower, has 2cm yellow green flowers with brown blotches, produced along the stem, the lip is white.and furry.
          Trichoglottis tomentosa (sagarikii), a very pretty species with 3 cm flowers, yellow with redbrown blotches, the lip is white and purple.
          Trichoglottis fasciata, grown locally for half a century, was also known as Stauropsis fasciata.
This species  produces short spikes of 3 or 4 flowers, each about 6 cm long, white outside, inside yellow green with wide bars of redbrown, very fragrant.
         All the Trichoglottis grow well either in a bushhouse or outdoors, with broken sunlight and protection from direct hot sunlight. Pot media; anythng, as long as it drains well and hold some moisture.. The climbers need something to clamber up, and can be kept managable by cutting tops and replanting at the base of the support for a specimen clump. The pendulous species do well in a basket.
        They like plenty of water, benefit from regular fertilizing and mostly flower at different times, some are particularly fragrant and all flower regularly.
                        Text & Photographs by    Ian Walters , Burleigh Park,
                                                            54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa, 4815

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