Photos in this issue:  Dendrochilum formosanum  (left),  Dendrochilum convollarieforme, Dendrochilum saccolabium.
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A.  What's New in flask.
 Dendrobium punaceum,  New Guinea Latourea with delicate green and white flowers,  minature to small growing species.
Phalaenopsis formosanus x sib, a selected sib cross of two large well shaped, heavy textured pure whites.
Laelia jongheana, resown. This is a class 1  endangered species with large soft pink flowers, the lip cream, from Brazil. While plants of class 1 are covered by CITESFLASKS are exempt, so there is no problem sending flasks internationally.

B. What's ready to replate NOW.

A few warm growers with outstanding colours.
Cattleya deckerii alba x self, a bifoliate with heavy clusters of  sparkling textured flowers, some consider it a variety of Cattleya skinnerii. It is a more robust grower with heavier flowers.
Cattleyopsis ortgesiana, as the Florida source says, "The orchid Castro does not want you to have."
Allied to Broughtonia etc, a small growing species with brilliant magenta purple to pale rose flowers.
Spathoglottis species Sulawasi white. This is an exceptional large growing species very similar to  S. plicata with tall spikes of large white flowers, the lateral lobes of the labellum red. Unlike alba forms of plicata, this is a large robust grower with large showy white flowers with a red centre. A garden subject in warm to intermediate climates.
Sepik Blue Dendrobium lasianthera (ostrinoglossum). A robust growing species from the Sepik River district, New Guinea. Tall antlers of red bronze, the lip bluish purple. A warm growing species that does well in a small well drained pot. Seedlings out of flask respond quickly in our 1:1 spaghnam/shredded polystyrene mix.
C. What's new in Plants.
 Sepik Blue Dend lasianthera  recently potted seedings from community pot.
Dossinia marmorata var dayii, which will grow into a large velvet leafed jewel orchid with red and gold veining in the leaf. These are now growing well in small pots in spaghnam mix.
Dendrobium palpaebrae, recently repotted flowering size plants. This is the early flowering species similar to Dend farmerii, but with more pink in the delicate flowers and flowering earlier. The first of the Dends to flower in spring.
Dendrochilum convollarieforme, after a few name changes and confusion with the spelling, our flowering size plants have been repotted. This species will put up multiple new growths and develop into a specimen quickly. The odd but attractive spike of pale orange to brown orange flowers spirals down.
Paphiopedilum laevigatum, the Philippines species that is closely related to  Paph philippinense and  Paph roebellinii. Several flowers to the spike, white with pale red brown stripes, the lip pale yellow.
A few flowering size divisions from our Nursery plants ARE AVAILABLE NOW. This clone rapidly multi shoots into a specimen plant. Seedlings are also available.
EXPORT of  PAPHIOPEDILUM PLANTS;  Burleigh Park is an authorised CITES  exporter, and we can obtain a special CITES Export Permit for our artificially propagated Paphiopedilum plants. International growers may need to contact their CITES Authority to confirm their CITES Authority permits importation and if Import Permits are required.

D. Dendrochilum

          There are about 150 different species of Dendrochilums, in 3 different sections. Most are quite insignificant botanical wonders, but a couple of dozen species are cultivated for their unique plants and flowers. Pseudobulbous plants, they resemble somewhat small plants of Coelogyne, to which they are related and grow under similar conditions. Photo left  Dendrochilum convollarieforme.
         Being mostly epiphytes and sometimes lithophytes, they require a growing medium which is well drained. Small baskets are ideal, from where they will develop into large specimens.
         The general rule with these species is to disturb them as little as possible, merely pot on into a larger container as the plant outgrows the old one. Every grower probably has a different view on medias, and in this Nursery, the larger species such as D.magnum, cobbiaum and convollarieforme are grown in a mix of composted bark and shredded isolite (polystyrene).
         The smaller species such as D. filiforme, glumaceum, formosanum, wenzellii and saccolabium are grown well in a mix of spaghnam moss/shredded isolite 1:1. Slotted pots or basket pots are used, well crocked for best drainage, for both medias.
         Typical light as for Dendrobium species, short of leaf burn tends to produce better flowering. Often mountain plants, they are however very adaptable to different climates, and seem to handle the hot tropical North Queensland down to intermediate and cooler conditions in the lower latitudes.
        A slightly drier rest in winter after the new growths have matured is beneficial. Fertiliser should be applied after the flower spikes have appeared, to maximise growth but not at the expense of the flowering. They will take heavy fertilising, a handfull of fowl manure pellets to an 8 inch basket produces multiple new growths and large healthy bright green foliage.
         Well worth cultivating, as plants will quite quickly develop into specimens, the more showy species putting up a fine display. The sometimes overpowering fragrance of some species appeals  to some growers, but species such as D. glumaceum  (a delicate almost delicious sweet fragrance of hay) and D. filiforme (honey ?) are more modest and worth growing for the fragrance. 
    Basics: small pot/basket, well drained media, do not disturb. Find a spot in your orchid house. Photo right Dendrochilum saccolabium.

E. Web page.

Check out our new web page  www.speciesorchids.com
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The web page is constantly under revision and you will find heaps of colour photos, articles on species in cultivation and in the wild, plus links to other interesting species orchids, and more photographs. Archived  issues of  this Newsletter back to July 2000 for notes about orchid growing.

F. Humour.

News Flash, a report from the freeway traffic jam.
"The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is just so depressed about the thought of moving with Janette back to Lane Cove he has stopped his motorcade in the middle of the freeway and is threatening to douse himself in petrol and set himself on fire.
He says his family hates him and he doesn't have the money to pay for the new house renovations.
Police officers at the scene are taking up a collection.
So far they have collected 300 litres with some motorists still syphoning."

Mouse tale.
     A little mouse took a shortcut home and skipped over the railway line. As he did, a train sped past and cut off the end of his tail.
    When he got home, he noticed a piece of his tail missing, so he went back to the railway track. As he peered over the track, another train came along and cut off his head.
     The moral of this tale is ofcourse, dont loose your head over a bit of tail.


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Ian and Pat Walters, Burleigh Park Orchid Nursery
54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa, Australia 4815
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