NEWSLETTER Oct.Nov. 2003
Orchid seed sowing and tissue
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Anoectochilus formosanus varigata
Dendrobium amabile (Bronckartii)
Dossinia marmorata vay Dayii, Cheirostylis
cochinchinense. Paphiopedilum lowii "Sumatra"
Angraecum magdalenae var latilabellum
Paph lowii x rothschildianum.
Laelia harpophylla aurea x self
Catasetum pileatum white
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formosanus. Jewel orchid. Heavy shade grower in a shallow tray
or pot using coarse gravel and leafmould or perlite plus fine bark. Dont
allow to dry out and in winter keep just damp, not wet.
Anoectochilus formosanus varigata.
This is also green with silver veins,
but the edges of the leaves are yellow.
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.
amabile (Bronckartii). Previously known as Dend bronckartii,
and one of the parents of Dend mousmee. Also known as Dend furcatum.
A Brazilian species that likes a totem
pole or similar to clamber up. Large panicles of many bright yellow flowers
much like a smaller Oncidium varicosum. Grow warm to intermediate
with lots of sunlight and water and fertiliser when in new growth.
A cooler Brazilian grower with large gold and rich brown flowers. A small
slab or small well drained pot is required.
A seldom seen Brazilian species with yellow flowers and tan brown sepals
and petals. Intermediate grower, small pot or a slab with extra water.
A select variety of Oncidium concolor, which produces spikes of large showy
all yellow flowers enmass.Typical Oncid requirements, an intermediate grower
marmorata var Dayii, a beautiful jewel orchid. This seems to grow better
with 3 plants together in a small pot using a mix of perlite and fine bark.
cochinchinense. Another velvet leafed jewel orchid also in perlite.
The leaves are a velvety green with just a touch of lighter feathering
along the midrib.
lowii "Sumatra" a handsome slipper orchid with large showy flowers.
A few flowering size plants are growing well in both spaghnam, isolite
mix and bark, isolite mix.
Angraecum magdalenae var latilabellum.
A Madagascan species, dwarf compact
plant with large waxy white flowers, very fragrant. Best grown in a small
pot or basket, an intermediate grower in moderate shade with good air movement.
Paphiopedilum lowii x rothschildianum.
Paph Julius.White, striped purple, broader purple petals. Paph Julius
Oncidium incurvum. A
cool to intermediate grower from Ecuador. The flowers are in short many
flowered racemes and are pink. A small pot with a well drained media and
a fairly shady spot is required.
ionosma. A species from Taiwan,
Formosa. This is a charming easy to grow species, under warm to intermediate
conditions. A well drained pot or basket is required as this species does
not climb. and lots of sunlight.
harpophylla aurea x self. A Brazilian
species, this is a selfing of a more yellow coloured form.
pileatum white x red. Two
colour forms, so expect ivory with redpurple spots or blotches.
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An Orchid Giant
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.
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.
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
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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