2006 Archived Messages

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April 22—30

From: P G Hieke
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Epidendrum
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 18:05

Hi Ester and Jean,
Yes, that is right keep looking. I have an Epidendrum for many years under
the name Rpidendrum guatemala, and last year I found the name in the AOS
ORCHIDS. The correct name is Epidendrum diffusum. Picture attached.
Peter from Bloubergstrand


From: jns tropic
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] epidendrums
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 18:20

Most names for reed stem Epidendrums are suspicious.
In the 50's we called them Epi. radicans. They were
bedding plants and always orange. Then a grower
brought some from Hawaii that were all different
colors. We just thought that they were color
variations. Then we started to see named plants,
which might have been clones or hybrids. There are
some bigeneric hybrids, but the reed stem types didn't
regularly have names until the polyploids were
introduced. I have a named clone that pretends to be
a hybrid and I don't bother to remember the name. The
other picture is a Spathoglottis that was on the cover
of the AOS magazine. The owner said that home growers
have been planting seed from these Spaths so casually
that their parentage is lost. There was a time when
the RHS would not register Miltonopsis hybrids because
just 2 or 3 species made too many hybrids with them
all looking alike but with very different heritage.


From: Jean Lewis
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: names
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 09:55

I agree Peter − these names usually turn up with time. That's one amazing
epidendrum you have − I like the way those flower spikes branch. Jean


From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Spathoglottis.
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 14:20

Hi there JNS,

That's right, spoil my day......ha, ha. I have always wanted to try growing a Spathoglottis, but have not got around to it as yet, and then you come up with that bi-coloured beauty.

Sure is a nice plant. Does it have a specific name?

Regards, Rocky.


From: jns tropic
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Spathoglottis.
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 20:45

> Sure is a nice plant. Does it have a specific
> name?

Rocky, this Spath has no name at all, thus it can't
be judged for an award. And with out an award it can
not have a proper clonal name, Some growers meristem
superior plants and give them a clonal name that are
not registered. If you have such a plant and your
plant gets an award then you can give the plant you
own clonal name, most people honor the growers first
name. I have two nice pots of that bicolor. But I
have peach
Spath coming out of my ears. The enclosed picture was
taken with an digital SLR camera. My point and click
Olympus digital camers died early this month after six


From: Geoffrey Hands
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Shows...
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 08:25

Today , Saturday , OSGB show at Wisley − open to the public 10-30 until ( I
think) 2.30. I know its rather early to close, but it makes some sense.

I had not intended to go − was expecting visitors at home, but heartd only
last night that they can't come, so I am going after all , but its too late
to be able to enter any classes. But I have been wanting to get to Wisley
this month ( will just scrape in) as the trials field is doing small bulbs (
garden bulbs, not cymbidiums !) and I wanted to look at those. So am just



From: Andy Mckeown
To: Orchid Talk list
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] foggers
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 10:20

Thanks for the tip Bhotplant. I bought one of these and it humidifies my orchid house which is about 20 ft x 20 ft. I also set up a computer fan to circulate the fog − works a treat. Anyone got any suggestions for a humidity switch? I think at £139 Simply Control's humidistat is rather overpriced


Bhotplant wrote:

foggers are avaliable from simply control £299 / £499
when for the same effect high o/p pond fogger £49.99 from maplin electronics
i have 20ft by 8ft by 8ft and it fills it all at 12V



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