BP SPECIES NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2001
Photos: Phal lobbii right, Trichoglottis
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Email A. What's New in flask.
Phalaenopsis sanderiana x sib is germinating. This pink flowered
species comes from the Philippines. The two clones are good pink coloured
forms somewhat like P. philippinense, with dark green black leaves, purple
Phalaenopsis lobbii is germinating, a new SIB CROSS sowing
to replace the remnants of the previous flasking. A sib cross between two
good growing forms, we expect better flask results. We have held some orders
for this until we get the newer flasking underway with better quality seedlings.
Cattleya gaskelliana alba x self; a large flowered species
with white flowers to 15 cm, yellow in the throat.
B. What's ready to replate NOW.
Cymbidiella pardalina ( Cymbidiella rhodochila ) is growing
very well in flask and the replates have been started. This showy species
needs conditions similar to Cymbidium, plus excellent drainage.
It is a native of Madagascar where it grows in the Platycerum fern
high in the trees. Maximun ventilation is necessary. Flowers to 7 cm, green
to green yellow, the lip is red, petals green spotted black.
Anoectochilus formosanus var varigata plants are now filling
their bottles. This has developed into a green leaf with large wide veins
and margins of yellow gold. We expect the eventual mature plants to be
strikingly varigated.This species does well in spaghnam moss, never dry,
but less water after flowerng.
C. What's new; Sarcs & Oncids;
The cross Sarcochilus cecileae x Parasarcochilus hirticalcar
have started to flower. A more robust plant than cecileae, with somewhat
larger flater flowers, with a darker pink colouration and some large purple
spots on the sepals and petals. A showy minature. Oncidium wydlerii
plants in 3 and 4 inch pots have robustly taken to the slotted pots and
bark polystyrene mix. It flowers at a fairly small stage, with a spike
of nearly 2 metres, branched, with many yellow flowers marked chestnut
brown. Same group as spacelatum, multiflorum
BLACK ORCHIDS Like black tulips, black orchids are flowers of
the imagination. A few species of orchids have acquired the name "Black
Orchid" by virtue of their very dark intense colour, while not black, which
tends to the dark brown and maroon.
One of the these is the Australian native orchid, Cymbidium canaliculatun
var Sparkesii, a form that is a rich intense dark maroon, with a touch
of white and dark purple on the labellum. A species of the drier open eucalyptus
forest, it grows high in the trees from hollow branches and crevices.
The seed germinates deep within the hollow or crevice and vines its
way up until it reaches sunlight, where it then develops its pseudobulb.
A feature seen in flasked seedlings filling a bottle with long vine like
plants that, once potted, develop their bulbs on the end.
Sparkesii, a pseudobulbous species, with stiff channelled leaves,
a grower of the dry hot forest, requires a deep pot with a typical cymbidium
media, lots of sunlight and maximum air ventilation. The spikes are produced
in numbers and bear many deep maroon flowers which are fragrant. During
the cooler part of the year, the plants need to be kept on the dry side.
The Philippine "Black Orchid" is an entirely dfferent type of orchid.
Trichoglottis brachiata ( or philippinense var brachiata)
is an erect monopodial species that likes to climb. The plant will produce
side shoots and grow into a specimen, with many flowers produced at the
nodes along the stem. Each flower is up to 5 cm across, a rich velvety
dark maroon, the lip prominently marked purple. The flowers are fragrant
and long lived.
The best results are had by having it grow up a piece of treefern or
similar totem, as the new roots are always produced from the stem below
the new leaves, so repotting into a pot or basket without a climbing support
will not benefit the plant.
An open media in a basket or slotted pot is best, a sunny spot and plenty
of water and fertiliser when in growth will produce the best flowering.
It is a tropical plant.
Another species from the Borneo and Philippines region is Grammangis
stapelliflora ( or Grammatophyllum stapelliflorum). This is
a small growing bulbous plant much like Grammatophyllum scriptum.
but the spikes are pendulous and bear a number of dark, chocolate maroon
to red brown flowers.
The flowers are up to 4 or 5 cm long, heavy textured. The species is
tropical so requires a warm sunny place, a Cymbidium type media
and a well drained basket or pot. At the start of new growth, copius water
and fertiliser will encourage the flower spikes. After flowering a rest
period is needed. Photos; see web page.
With a little imagination, any collection would be enhanced with these
beautiful species, their colours and character so different. Text &
photos at web page Ian Walters.
D. Web page.
Check out our web page http://www.speciesorchids.com
This 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.
From the Townsville Daily Bulletin, reporting on an agricultural show
" The champion orchid was won by a rose grown by...."
From a newspaper reporting floods " The pain in Spain is mainly due
From a British newspaper reporting a lack of marriageable girls " Fewer
openings for young men".
At the risk of retaliatory limericks, you may like this dinner quip.
An epicure dining at Crewe
Found quite a large mouse in his stew
Said the waiter don't shout
And wave it about
Or the rest will be wanting some too.
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Yours in orchids,
Ian and Pat Walters, Burleigh Park Orchid Nursery
54 Hammond Way, Thuringowa, Australia 4815
Email us at email@example.com