NEWSLETTER May 2012
Graphorchis scripta, Catasetum thyalaciochilum, Vandopsis longicaule,
Vandopsis lissochiloides, Vanda luzonica. Dendrobium spectabile
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Coryanthes species, Catasetums and Mormodes species
Dendrobium hercoglossum Laelia purpurata "roxovioleta x ardosia
Stanhopea cirrhata "Clarence Horich"
Dendrobium amabile (Bronckartii) Paphinia cristata Spathoglottis
Species and hybrids I cannot kill.
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Graphorchis scripta, Madagascan, Catasetum culture,
panicle of yellow flowers spotted redbrown.Rests in winter.
Catasetum thyalaciochilum, Clowesia type,
light green with darker green stripes.
Vandopsis longicaule, Large robust species, flowers
yellow blotched redbrown.
Vandopsis lissochiloides, Large robust species, flowers
yellow blotched redbrown,purple on the back of sepals and petals.
Vanda luzonica, Strap leaf, white flowers tipped
Dipodium pictum, most unusual climbing plant
with pink spotted flowers.
Bulbophyyllum corolliferum. SE Asia.small compact grower, with
umbels of crimson flowers.
A manageable plant that will grow into a specimen clump with
brightly coloured flowers.
Bulbophyllum fletcherianum, Left. The giant
New Guinea species
Spathoglottis affinis 4N. Left. The tetraploid
form. Tubers are dormant during the winter and are best sent
just before Spring at which time they reshoot. See article below.
Trichoglottis philippinense. Like T brachiata,
but flower pale yellow with pale chestnut bars, lip white, flushed pink.
Does best on something to climb up.
Coryanthes.several species of
the fascinating Bucket Orchid. Culture as for Stanhopea.
Catasetum.several species of
this dimorphic genus that produce fascinating highly coloured male flowers.
Mormodes.several species of this cousin to Catasetum,
noted as the "Goblin Orchid" for its colourful weird flower.
Gongora. several Punch and Judy
orchids. Long pendulous spikes of unique fragrant flowers.
Dendrobium amabile (Bronckartii). Huge clusters
of pale to dark pink fls, lip with yellow orange disc. Half of legendary
Dendrobium hercoglossum. A charming species,clusters
of pink somewhat bell shaped flowers along the deciduous stem.
Laelia millerii. Rock grower,brilliant red
fire engine red.
Laelia purpurata "roxovioleta x ardosia splash" Cooler
grower, select violet crossed into a splash petal.
Paphinia cristata Dwarf grower with showy
red fls to 3 inches across.Grow in tiny pot.
Spathoglottis sps Magenta A very dark redmagenta
form of Spathoglottis plicata, eye catching vivid colour..Could
not reproduce the correct colour with the digital camera, its much darker.
Note colour of Spathoglottis plicata " bulbosa magenta"
Stanhopea cirrhata "Clarence Horich". Selfing of
a plant raised from seed from Clarence Horich,Costa Rica.
Fragrant Orange and yellow flowers. Real conservation
Species highlighted are
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Species and hybrids I cannot kill.
This genus is one
of the easiest of orchid plants to grow.
The basic requirement is a good rich soil mix, with leafmould
and some coarse gravel to provide good drainage. In the Nursery, recycled
crushed treefern is add to this mix, creating a somewhat fibrous
very tolerant of differing potting medias.
Because of the often large wide plicate leaves, a wider shallower
container may assist watering and fertilising. They are robust growers
and quickly fill a container with roots.
Frequent application of blood and bone as
a fertiliser will result in large robust bulbs and growth, they are heavy
Sunlight is essential, short of leaf burn. Plants should be grown on
the bench with Dendrobiums and Cattleyas, or even out in the garden, never
under the bench.
There are basically two groups within
the genus, one with evergreen foliage, the other, usually much smaller,
Evergreens include Spathoglottis plicata and
all its forms, the New Guinea species and Spathoglottis aurea, Spathoglottis
kimballiana and species with large wide plicate leaves.
The deciduous species include the smaller
Spathoglottis affinis, Spathoglottis pubescens, Spathoglottis vandoverburghii,
all of which tend to loose the old growth bulb and consist of a new seasonal,
somewhat flat, round tuber.
Species and primary hybrids within the Spath affinis group, are deciuous
during the cooler months, and can be removed from the orchid house
and water withheld, with only an occasional watering, so as not to
dry out too hard.
The evergreen species and hybrids should
also be treated to a dormant/rest period, with plants kept just damp and
not wet during winter. The requirement for a rest for all Spathoglottis
makes them easily grown in cooler climat. During winter, ignore them.
Below photos of a few very colourful
Spathoglottis Java Beauty. Grown in the Townsville
region for 60 years as Java Hybrid or Java Beauty..Parentage
not known, but possibly it is Spathoglottis Rhodomelon? ( Spathoglottis
Primrose x plicata see Holtum Flora of Malaya.)
Spathoglottis Sunshine x Kimballiana
Spathoglottis Harlequin.(Sapthoglottis Java beauty x
Kimballiana). Unofficially named by Ted Green as the cross cannot be registered
because Java Beauty is not a registered name.
Spathoglottis Valerie Yamada Southwood ( Spathoglottis.eburneum
x plicata) an example of the deciduous type crossed with the evergreen,
requiring a definte dormant stage
Spathoglottis Harlequin x Kimballiana
Spathoglottis Freckle Face ( Spathoglottis kimballiana
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