NEWSLETTER March,April 2004
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Laelia purpurata roxo-violeta. Brazil. Flowers to 15 cm,
flowers violet purple, lip darker veined. Showy.Best grown as for cattleyas.
Dendrobium bellatulum. Thailand. Dwarf plant, large white
flowers, lip red. Nigrohirsute. A minature species, best grown on a slab
with a little extra water while in growth and almost dry when not.
Dendrobium pulchellum. Photo above. Thailand. Robust
plant with up to 5 inch yellow flushed rose flowers. Lip downy, with 2
redmaroon blotches. A robust grower, requires a pot just large enough for
the plant and a rich media. In the cooler months it is best kept barely
Dendrobium virgineum. Thailand. Nigrohirsute. Flowers to
7.5cm, waxy white, lip veined red. Use a small well drained pot and kept
drier in the cooler months.
Cattleya gaskelliana alba x alba sib. Venezuela. Large
white, sib crossed, yellow disk. Flowers to 15 cm, fragrant. Typical cattleya
requirements, well drained media, lots of light.
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
Seedlings 5 cm pots
Paph Berenice (Paphiopedilum roebellinii x lowii)
. White, striped purple, broader purple petals.
Community pot of 5 plants
Paphiopedilum praestans x concolor
I. Yellow striped red praestans
crossed all yellow Paph
species linked to photographs and cultural notes.
crystallinum A showy softcane from Thailand.
Best grown in a very small pot or on a slab. Deciduous in winter,
so requires a dry rest.
luchuensis "Formosa" Intermediate grower.. Formosa/Taiwan
Branched spikes of yellow barred red brown flowers, lip yellow. Fragrant.
splendidum. Honduras. Tall spikes of large golden yellow
flowers. Very showy. Intermediate grower
jonesianum. Brazil. Terete leaf. Flowers 5cm yellow spotted pale
brown, lip snow white. Slab culture.
tenebrosa nigrescens. Brazil. Very dark chocolate, purple lip,
15+cm flowers. Cattleya culture
jongheana. Brazil. Pumila group. Flowers to 12cm, soft rose purple,
lip disk yellow. Seems to do best on a slab or in a small well drained
pot or basket.
Laelia anceps veitchiana x self. Mexico. Tall spikes of flowers
to 10cm, rose and magenta, dark purple on lip.
Catasetum sps affinis fuchsii. Brazil Like C.fuchsii, large yellow
with red, purple red. A species that goes dormant during winter.
bractescens. Mexico Large waxy flowers to 7 cm, white, lip
yellow. Best grown like a catasetum, with a dry dormant winter.
Aerangis kotschyana. Africa. Waxy white flowers to 2.5cm,
long spur to 7cm. Fragrant. Slab culture
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A few Nigrohirsute Dendrobiums.
A section of dendrobium, extending from India thru
to Borneo and the Philippines, is characterised by having fine black hairs
on the pseudobulbs and leaves. The Philippine species are less prominently
Mostly intermediate growers, several of the
section have very large showy flowers, while some are minature growers
with proportionately large flowers, and some have small somewhat
India provides two very showy species, both quite
large growing plants.
formosum var giganteum, which has large, to 12 cm, pure white flowers
with a large yellow disk on the lip.
Dendronium infundibulum has large somewhat papery
textured white flowers, the disk ranging in colour from yellow orange to
Thailand provides two beautiful minatures, the plants
not much more than about 5 cm high, but with proportionately large flowers,
white with red labellum ( Dend
margueretaceum) and white with peach,orange ( Dendrobium bellatulum).
The Philippines provides 2 large growing species
in Dendrobium sanderae and its varieties and Dendrobium schutzei.
sanderae is also white with plum purple blotches or stripes in the
schutzei is all white, with some green on the disk
The larger growing Nigrohirsute species require a
well drained shallow pot or basket, with a rich media that will also
drain well but still retain moisture, to stay just damp but not wet. Maximum
sunlight, even to slight leaf burn, will ensure flowering.
growing species seem to do best on a piece of treefern or similar, or in
a very small well drained pot.
The Nigrohirsute dendrobiums are robust growers when
in active growth, and benefit from lots of water and fertiliser. When not
active, in the cooler months, water should be withheld and the plants kept
Maximum sunlight is required, and most perhaps do
better in an intermediate climate rather than under hot tropical conditions.
There are ofcourse other Nigrohirsute species, and
their culture is more or less governed on the size of the plant and its
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Out of Africa.
In a Botswana jewellery shop: "Ears pierced while you wait."
On one of the buildings of a Sierra Leone hospital: Mental Health
In a Maternity ward of a clinic in Tanzania: "No children allowed."
In a cemetery in Uganda: "Persons are prohibited from picking
flowers from any but their graves.
In a Malawi hotel: "It is forbidden to steal towels please.
If you are not a person to do such a thing, please don't read this notice."
And the directions are;
On some Swanson frozen dinners: "Serving suggestion: Defrost."
On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): "Do not turn
On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding: "Product will be hot after
On Nytol Sleep Aid: "Warning: May cause drowsiness."
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Trichocentrum tigrinum. Peru. A charming small growing species much
like a minature mule ear leaf Oncid in growth and culture. A slab seems
to be the best, under intermediate conditions.
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