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1—7 October

From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Very interstig site on deflasking − keep tha AGAR!
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2008

Hi,

Here is an interesting article about deflasking. They recommend keeping the AGAR on the plants and planting everything together. It sounds real interesting to me I am going to try it. I'd love to hear your opnion on this.

Here is a real nice site ( lots of great info on paphs as well ).

http://ladyslipper.com/magazin.htm
then click on :

Deflasking and Compotting Slipper Orchids New Method with Fantastic Results! -

As always thanks for your input
Jim

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Pleurothallis alliance ___________id help ?
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2008

Hi all,

I looked and looked for a name but I give up. Any Ideas This plant grows like a weed for me, and I just ignore it, and it is happy than some of my cats that I baby.......

Thanks
Jim

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleurothallis alliance ___________id help ?
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2008

Jim, It looks like one of the 400 or so un-named Stillis species.
Dennis

--- On Wed, 1/10/08, JIM MATEOSKY wrote:

> Hi all,

> I looked and looked for a name but I give up.# Any Ideas This plant
> grows like a weed for me, and I just ignore it, and it is happy
> than some of my cats that I baby.......

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleurothallis alliance ___________id help ?
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2008

I think you need Carl Luer for that one. ( If I have his name right − isn't
he the guy who has already described all those thousands of other pleuro's
?)

geoff

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From: Dennis Read
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleurothallis alliance ___________id help ?
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

Sorry. I meant stellis. Dennis

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Pleurothallis alliance ___________id help ?
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

FYI: This appears to be Niphantha gelida (was Pleurothallis gelida). Never before heard of Niphantha

Thanks all,

Jim

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Another batrgain.
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

Hi all,

Here are some photos of one of my latest bargains, purchased just yesterday at a Garden Centre not too far from home. Called there last year and bought two 'cheapies' which are doing well.

This time I purchased this 'Cattleya' type hybrid for just £4.50. As you can see from the first photo, it was growing in just a quarter of the pot, with one root pointing up to the sky, with many new roots just beginning to grow.

As usual, I soaked it in water overnight, then cleaned it, trimmed away all dead roots and repotted it. I was very pleased to see so many eyes that might just grow into new psuedobulbs in the future.

A very satisfied Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: New arrival.
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

Hi all,

This photo is of the second new arrival, and another 'Cheapie'. Originally priced at £20.00, I got it for half that price.

It had three flower spikes, two of which had gone over, but I saw the potential of the plant..........and sure enough when I had cleaned it to my high standards, it almost fell into two pieces.

Thing is.....can anyone give me a name for it? I guess it may be a Miltassia, for sure there is Brassia in it. Quite a pretty flower and that adds to my bonus.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Another bargain. − soaked?
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

Rocky,

"As usual, I soaked it in water
overnight"

All night long? Soaked? does that mean submersed in? And this helps it?

Jim

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From: PG Hieke
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Another bargain.
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

Hi Rocky,..........................and where is the flower????????????????

Kind Regards
Peter

Roger Grier wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Another bargain.

> Hi all,

> Here are some photos of one of my latest bargains, purchased just
> yesterday at a Garden Centre not too far from home. Called there
> last year and bought two 'cheapies' which are doing well.

> This time I purchased this 'Cattleya' type hybrid for just £4.50.
> As you can see from the first photo, it was growing in just a
> quarter of the pot, with one root pointing up to the sky, with many
> new roots just beginning to grow.

> As usual, I soaked it in water overnight, then cleaned it, trimmed
> away all dead roots and repotted it. I was very pleased to see so
> many eyes that might just grow into new psuedobulbs in the future.

> A very satisfied Rocky.

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From: Andy
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New arrival.
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008

Hi Rocky

Odontobrassia Gordon Dillon

Andy

Roger Grier wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] New arrival.

> Hi all,

> This photo is of the second new arrival, and another 'Cheapie'.
> Originally priced at £20.00, I got it for half that price.

> It had three flower spikes, two of which had gone over, but I saw
> the potential of the plant..........and sure enough when I had
> cleaned it to my high standards, it almost fell into two pieces.

> Thing is.....can anyone give me a name for it? I guess it may be
> a Miltassia, for sure there is Brassia in it. Quite a pretty
> flower and that adds to my bonus.

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New arrival.
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008

Rocky,

I have a couple that look similar.
Brassia x aspacia very similar only the purple is darker.
Brassia x miltonia are similar my guess is this as aspacia is much less common....?

My photo is not where it is supposed to be when I find it I'll send it along,

Cheers,
Jim

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Another bargain. − soaked?
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008

Hello Jim,

Let me explain. You must know that I pot all of my epiphytes in rock chippings, so, when I get a plant, I stand it in a bucket of water so that if it is a Cattleya, the water reaches up to and just over the rhizome. Then in the morning I remove all of the bark, sponge, coconut fibre, or whatever was in the pot. I only leave it overnight if the 'compost' was nasty. Sometimes the compost just falls away and there is no need to soak it. In the case of the Odonotobrassia Gordon Dillon, [thanks to Andy] I make sure that the water is just above the bottom of the bulb.

The worst thing to tease away is normally in the centre of the pot, or where the bulbs are smallest. This is a block of coconut fibre which the tiny plant was put in at the start. Maybe you have seen this???

Best wishes, Rocky.

JIM MATEOSKY wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Another bargain. − soaked?

> Rocky,

> "As usual, I soaked it in water overnight"

> All night long? Soaked? does that mean submersed in? And this helps it?

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New arrival.
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008

Hi there Andy,

Nice to hear from you and for the name of my orchid. I can now write two labels with the correct information.

Cheers, Rodge.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New arrival.
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008

Hi there Jim,

I told you the name that Andy suggested and for sure that is the correct name.

I just loved what you said:....My photo is not where it is supposed to be when I find it I'll send it along,.....I never make that mistake......but then I can sometimes be the worlds worst liar.

Cheers Rocky.

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Help wanted
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008

Can anyone tell me where I can obtain Aerangis hologlottis and Aerangis maireae please?
Gordon.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Photo of New Arrival.
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2008

Hello Peter

Woops !!!!....Better late than never. I hope that you think my £10 was well spent,m especially as I now have two plants.

What do you think of this cross?

Regards, Rocky.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: New flower.
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2008

Hi all,

This is a photo of Laeliocattleya Preciosilla, which I bought from 'The Italians' just a few weeks ago.

It came with two blooms already open, and it was packed so very well. And the next growth is already six inches tall.

I personally like this type of mottling.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] New flower.
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2008

Rocky,

Interesting FYI my neighbor is a leading bromiliad breeder and he supplies all of the bromiliads, and I often speak with the owner of Deroose and have the same plant. It is getting to be a small world.

http://www.derooseplants.com/en/select_plant_details.asp?PlantWebInfoId4

Jim

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Photo of New Arrival.
Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2008

Rocky,

I think it is a nice cross for a Brassia and a miltonia or an aspacia....... ;-)

Jim

Roger Grier wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Photo of New Arrival.

> Hello Peter
>
> Woops !!!!....Better late than never. I
> hope that you think my £10 was well spent,m especially as I now have two
> plants.
>
> What do you think of this cross?

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From: Tricia Garner
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: Photo of New Arrival.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008

On 04 Oct, Roger Grier wrote:

> Hello Peter

> Woops !!!!....Better late than never. I hope that you think my £10
> was well spent,m especially as I now have two plants.

> What do you think of this cross?

> Regards, Rocky.

I am confused (not an unusual situation!) but we have seen this pic
already. I thought Peter meant the flower of the Cattleya type plant
you bought for £4.50 and soaked overnight − heading was 'Another
bargain'.

Cheers,

--

Tricia

If you're born again, do you have two bellybuttons?

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Photo of New Arrival.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008

Mornin' Tricia,

Your confused !!!!! What about me........I will tell you about it one day.

To put an end to all of the confusion, the Cattleya type hybrid did not have
a flower on it, so it will be a surprise when it flowers next year.

Yesterday when Mary and I were buying half a ton of bird food from our local
Garden Centre, they were selling two Phallys for £10, and some of them were
quite worth the outlay. So we bought two for one of our daughters....... to
murder over a long period.

But what caught my eye was two Cattleya type hybrids that had lost their
flowers. One of the plants had three excellent new growths. I will be
there on Monday to see if I can offer them a few quid for that one plant.

Watch this space.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Photo of New Arrival.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008

If we go on telling Rocky − for another 5 years − (?) that his messages are
meaningless unless he includes some link to the previous message, he may,
just possibly may , get the message, and start lecturing everyone how to do
it.

Until then, just ignore them ( them messages which are meaningless)

Geoff ( aka grumpy old man )

Tricia Garner wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Photo of New Arrival.

On 04 Oct, Roger Grier wrote:

> > Hello Peter

> > Woops !!!!....Better late than never. I hope that you think my £10
> > was well spent,m especially as I now have two plants.

> > What do you think of this cross?

> > Regards, Rocky.

> I am confused (not an unusual situation!) but we have seen this pic already.
> I thought Peter meant the flower of the Cattleya type plant you bought for
> £4.50 and soaked overnight − heading was 'Another bargain'.

> Cheers,

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: A real stunner.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008

Hi all,

One of my latest 'Catts' to flower. To tell you the truth, I cannot for the moment tell you where I got it from. I know that our 'Leader' Tricia did tell me that she wanted to see what the flower looked like.

It has only been open for about three days, so I will probably photograph it again later. As yet no scent.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] A real stunner.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008

Rocky,

There are a lot of Hybrids that are kind of "regular", but this one does it for me I really like the coloring.
Does this one have a name?

Jim

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Re: Photo of New Arrival.
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008

Now then 'Orchid Man' I suspect I can beat your bargains, but only the
future will tell!

This week, at our local nursery: Dendrobiums £4.95......Buy one, get one
free!....So I bought 2! (i.e. 4 plants)

OK so they are not set up for over wintering orchids!

Regards from the cool of Lincolnshire! (But off to the Med Coast in
Turkey in the morning to earn money for some more bargains! However,
I'll miss Vanda 'Tokyo Blue' which has 5 of 12 buds open
already.....hope it lasts for 3 weeks!)

Tony G.

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] A real stunner.
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008

Look again at the top left hand corner of the picture...

Geoff

JIM MATEOSKY wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] A real stunner.

> Rocky,

> There are a lot of Hybrids that are kind of "regular", but this one does it
> for me I really like the coloring.
> Does this one have a name?

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From: Prof David Oliveira
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: ****PossibleSPAM**** [OrchidTalk] Help wanted
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008

Dear Gordon,

I have in the past obtained Aer. hologlottis from Isobyl La Croix
(Uzumara Orchids). She has also had Aer. maireae in the past, but I
obtained this more recently as a flask of seedlings from the
Writhlington School Orchid Project.

Best wishes,

David Oliveira.

Gordon Walker wrote:
> Can anyone tell me where I can obtain Aerangis hologlottis and
> Aerangis maireae please?
> Gordon.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Tony's Dendrobes.
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008

Hi there Tony,

Nice to hear from you, and no doubt we will soon have a League Table of 'Cheapies'.

So, your one Dendrobe cost just £2.48. Now that sure is a bargain.

What type are they? Any chance of a couple of photos?

And now, of course to ask the inquisitive question of someone named 'Tony' who is going off to Turkey to earn some money for some more bargains. Now that will make many of us envious. Earning money AND enjoying the scenery and weather.

Can you enlighten us?

Today I picked up a couple of Cattleya hybrids, the smaller types for £3.00 each, so it's not so good as your bargains, but I will put myself second to top of the League.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: Alex Scott
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: A real stunner.
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008

Lovely rich colours there Roger and a nice shape to it as well. be nice to
know if it develops scent too. Anyway, its one to look out for.
Regards, Alex

Roger Grier writes:

> Hi all,
>
> One of my latest 'Catts' to flower. To tell you the truth, I cannot for the moment tell you where I got it from. I know that our 'Leader' Tricia did tell me that she wanted to see what the flower looked like.
>
> It has only been open for about three days, so I will probably photograph it again later. As yet no scent.

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Help wanted
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008

Aerides houlletiana − flowering size − from our Italian friends ( you can pay by credit card) 12.50 Euros , plus, I think it is 10% vat , and carriage. You will find it more economical to make up an order for a dozen plants I think , or wait until Roger or myself ( or someone else) orders again. But Roger and me have both had deliveries quite recently.

Geoff

Gordon Walker wrote:
> Can anyone tell me where I can obtain Aerangis hologlottis and
> Aerangis maireae please?
> Gordon.

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From: David Martin
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Phal species
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008

Hello all,
Here are a couple of photo's of the latest Phal's to flower.
David

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal species
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Worth growing for the foliage alone, I think.
You have quite persuaded me ; I must add some more phal species to my
collection.

Geoff

(hope you like my new signature − I've been practising ! )

David Martin wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal species

> Here are a couple of photo's of the latest Phal's to flower.

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From: Gordon Walker
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Help wanted
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Many thanks to David and Geoff for their assistance in tracking down possible sources of the Aerangis species. By the way Isobyl has given up selling orchids as her heating boiler has packed in so Uzumara Orchids is regretfully another nursery which no longer exists due to current energy costs.
Gordon.

Prof David Oliveira wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Help wanted

> Dear Gordon,

> I have in the past obtained Aer. hologlottis from Isobyl La Croix
> (Uzumara Orchids).# She has also had Aer. maireae in the past, but I
> obtained this more recently as a flask of seedlings from the
> Writhlington School Orchid Project.

> Best wishes,

> David Oliveira.

Gordon Walker wrote:

> > Can anyone tell me where I can obtain Aerangis# hologlottis and
> > Aerangis maireae please?

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From: Esther Koh
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] Phal species
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Beautiful as usual!!

esther

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: some pics to brighten your day − 1 − the rest in ditto 2 to follow...
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

The weather seems to be awful this year; the last glorious summer day I can
remember was at the beginning of August, and I was then walking the Dorset
coast path high above Swanage, and God was in his Heaven and all well with
the earth , and now.... gloom wherever you look.

So some piccys, to brighten my day − and your's too I hope ; and some
comments :-

1. BC Ports of Paradise....One of those catts wrapped in moss with no
live roots, but superb crosses and reasonable prices, from the London Orchid
Show '07. So a first flowering and only one flower. Light perfume.

2. Ascda Haad Ravai... Unusual colouring this ; it seems that you cross a
basically orange Ascda ( from miniatum etc ) with a dark purple one and
sometimes you get this warm chocolate colour. I picked it out in flower when
I visited Kultana in '02 and it flowers regularly for me, so I may have
shown it before ; it seems a slightly different colour this year − I suppose
it's a matter of seasonal variation.

3. I've put three pics in of this unusual Thailand terrestrial − Pectalis
sagariki − I've seen it spelled with two ll's and two k's too . Unusual
partly because of the rosette of leaves, three of them, instead of the usual
two ; in other words, although the flowers are zygomorphic (I think that's
the right word for symmetrical about a vertical axis) the plant isn't − are
there are not many orchids like that. The only others which come immediately
to mind are also terrestrials I have seen in the wild in Thailand. Even
more unusual is that the flowers also are arranged on three sides of the
spike. That's why I put the extra pics in to show all this. I had found it
by browsing lists and looking to find details of all the orchids I didn't
know ; but curiously enough , the day after this plant arrived ( in spike) I
saw another in flower at Bournemouth show, and the owner told me he had
grown his from a tuber − taking 4 years . Its definitely quicker to order
from our Italian friends ! ( and mine is bigger and better too , but then I
would say that, wouldn't I ).

4. Cycnoches loddigesii. Cycnoches like my conditions ; this was a
smallish bulb and consequently , I assume, has only one flower. Most of my
others − I haven't got very many yet , perhaps less than a dozen including
hybrids and intergeneric hybrids , are very much bigger, some now producing
two spikes with ( I hope) far more flowers. On the other hand, it is a large
flower − that is a 9 cm pot you can see.But I hope for a btter bulb and more
flowers next time. But you may not have seen this before, so woth showing, I
think.

The others on the next e-mail.

Geoff

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From: geoff hands
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: episode two − more piccys...
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

1. Bllra Eurostar. I bought this at the Boga Fayre in August. Two spikes
7 or so flowers on each. Rather different I think. The cross is the well
known Tahoma Glacier ( on sale in Waitrose now...) x an unusual Onc, species
- schroderianum − quite a good basis for a hybrid. Wilsonara Widecombe Fair
was a similar one which I made many years ago and gave the pod away for
raising , it was registered by the raisers ( rather naughty that, although
there was a good excuse )

2. The Brassidium has a spike of a dozen flowers.

3. I only included the Stenoglottis because I couldn't remember the name
( I am in the middle of re-labelling every plant , using a Brother labelling
machine)and intended to ask for help here ; but when I came to save the
file , I suddenly thought of it. Grows like a weed − probably is a weed
somewhere in the jungle !

4. The spatho' is another terrestrial. You see big pots of this , and of
several allied species (?) of different colours, many different colours, in
the Farmers Market in Chiang Mai. They are lovely. I wish there were no
CITES for many reasons, but I'd certainly bring back a lot of these if I got
the chance. Peter Williams ( who run the see the orchids in the wild
courses, in that part of the world, said that permits to export couldn't be
had ( on the no-chance for CITES list, I assume ) but I found this plant on
a traders stand in UK a couple of years ago , and whilst I haven't grown it
well, at least it has now flowered, and being an optimist I know that means
it will do better next time.

5. The BC is a well-known one, and a favourite ; or am I confusing it
with something else ? The colours don't seem quite as vivid as I expect.
Comment ?

6. At long last after many years I have got to the bottom of the genus
here ; I have been growing Don Richardson for more than 20 years, and on
the basis of helpful advice, examination of the RHS register and others,
have labelled it as Oncidium, as Odontocidium, as McLellanara, and maybe
other things. What adds to the confusion is the fact that the name ( of the
late grower) Don Richardson has been used for more than one different hybrid
all in the closely allied Oncidiniae genera. Now, thanks to the latest
Wildcatt database, and after examing the parents of the various
possibilities, I'm sure. It is an Aliceara.

7. And lastly , the yellow/orange/brown Ascda. Flowers on the smallish
size for the size of the plant − the leaf span is that of a good large
vandal ; But the flower count is good − some 17 or so , and this is a first
flowering.

Enjoy...

Geoff

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From: JIM MATEOSKY
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Any Denrobiums folks out there?
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Hi all,

A while ago I asked about softcanes Dendrobiums ( SECTION Dendrobium; dendrobium nobile, Dendrobium albosanguineum, and many similar funky named hybrids). I still have many questions how to mount them, or pot them? I have 20+ in each (mounting type) they are both doing nicely. Still not sure which I like more, or which is easier to grow. Last year I bought a collection from a guy that was tired of taking care of his 500+ plants, many were not labled and in need of TLC, Hence my questions. Still waiting to see what all I bought.

What I have found out about growing these guys is: light, more light, and lots of light. This may be obvious to some, and now it is obvious to me. Here is a couple fotos: The new growths are all from a spot in my greenhouse that has just about full sun all day ( when it is not raining, the rain/heavy clouds here are every day for 3-5 hours here in Costa Rica). The droopy or "pendulous" canes were from years previous in a much shadier location. I have some other examples where the canes are much much taller and fatter, but it was raining cats and dogs yesterday so I couldn't get to them. One of my goals to figure out: are these pendulous dendrobiums necesarily always pendulous? I think NO. Also how much light? As far as I can tell I can not give them to much light. I can not wait to see the floweres here in the next few months.

Also an ol wise man told me that you can remove some of the leaves off the to increase the flowering, anyone hear of this?

Love to here some comments on "you 'alls" growing experiences.

Jim

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From: tony garthwaite
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Cheap Dendrobes.
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Hi Rocky!

Finished the first day's work!!!!

I'm training Food Inspectors to be able to inspect to EU standards in
Food Factories. Nice people in the factories we visited today. One was
producing Yoghurt and the other was producing Stuffed Snails amongst
other things!!....You know....the garlic butter with added herbs and
spices.!!! Great factory too!

'Orchid' temperatures here....around 30 degrees C (I don't do degrees F
any more.....not since about 1969!) but only fields and fields of
oranges so far!

£3 seems entirely reasonable and at that price is worthy of first place
normally. I'll have to get son to take pics of mine and then I'll pass
them on. When I get some more time, I'll post a few more from the rest
of my collection.....I've been a bit lax at sending pictures of
late......but I've enjoyed other peoples this year. I seem to remember
promising to send some of the Southern Marsh Orchid in May or June but
never did. The files are so big they need reducing to send, but after
your photos , I thought it would be good to compare.

Must go and eat now!

regards,

Tony

"Roger Grier" wrote Re: [OrchidTalk] Tony's Dendrobes.

> Hi there Tony,

> Nice to hear from you, and no doubt we will soon have a League Table of
> 'Cheapies'.

> So, your one Dendrobe cost just £2.48. Now that sure is a bargain.

> What type are they? Any chance of a couple of photos?

> And now, of course to ask the inquisitive question of someone named
> 'Tony' who is going off to Turkey to earn some money for some more
> bargains. Now that will make many of us envious. Earning money AND
> enjoying the scenery and weather.

> Can you enlighten us?

> Today I picked up a couple of Cattleya hybrids, the smaller types for
> £3.00 each, so it's not so good as your bargains, but I will put myself
> second to top of the League.

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From: Roger Grier
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Cheapie Plants.
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Hi all,

What better time to de-pot a couple of orchids, clean them and re-pot them, especially as the rain has hardly stopped and the wind has been near gale force.

Photo number 1 shows the spelling of the plant in the pot. I will ask if the label was put on here in the U.K. or in Holland.

Photo number 2 shows two sheaths, one with visible buds in it, so I am hopeful that I will see some blooms in the not too distant future.

Photo number four shows the three excellent new growths.

Photo number five shows the very small pseudobulbs which were growing from the now often seen block of coconut fibre. This block measuring about five cm by four cm.

What I am interested to know is this. Do any of you know who uses this technique? Hawaii, Taiwan, or maybe the Dutch themselves. I can just imagine a bench system filled with hundreds or thousands of these blocks ready to be shipped all over the world.

Weather looks much better for the next days.

Cheers, Rocky.

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From: rudolf günnel
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] episode two − more piccys...
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Hello Geoff,

I think the image of the under point 4. mentioned Stenoglottis is missing.
I enjoyed all the other pictures particularly the BC Binosa ’Wabash Valley'

Best regards from Germany, rudolf

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From: jns tropic
To: Orchid Talk List
Subject: Re: [OrchidTalk] some pics to brighten your day − 1 − the rest in ditto 2 to follow...
Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2008

Your Bc. Ports-of-Paradise 'Green Chin Hwa' is the best of all of the
Ports-of-Paradise clones. The FCC is notorious for crippled flowers.
My Green Chin Hwa will throw out a crippled flower now and then. I
have two mature pots that bloom at different times. The clone blooms
at least 5 times a year. your petals look a bit more round then mine. It remindes me of Bc. Mt. Hood 'Mary' AM/AOS
- it tends to bloom off and on all winter if the plant is big.

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