Michael Zink's Orchids

Michael Zink recently donated a flask of Mystacidium brayboniae to the Species Orchid Society of WA. He also sent these photos of some of his orchids.

This is the photo of the pod parent of Mystacidium brayboniae (Also below). When deflasking watering is best done in the cool of the evening in my case this is usually done after midnight when the temp is below 18 deg I also apply fertilizer at 1/2 strength at first watering with root hormone (liquid form) added to the fertilizer. May see if I can supply you with some in a small container with the flask.
Cheers for now,
Michael. PS feel free to show photo in newsletter, as the plant has picked up quite a few prizes for itself and will be awarded hopefully next year.

Side View

Entire plant out of flower

Dendrobium finniganense D.L.Jones. 1992, this species, as the name suggests is endemic to the area surrounding and including Mt Finnigan in far north Queensland, where it grows at approx 800-1000 metres above sea-level. It is a semi terrestrial herb, that inhabits the grasslands on this mountain, which are shrouded in mist during early-mid morning and later in the afternoon for the greater part of the wet season, as well as other times of the year.
There are three clones in my collection, and they are all hung directly under 70% shade 2.4 metres above ground level. This is the only way to flower this species as at given periods, it recedes full sunlight in its natural environment amongst the grasses of this harsh environment. The colloquial name given to this species is The Mt Finnigan Cane Orchid, due to the long pseudobulbs of the species, which are similar to those of Den. fleckeri, Den. adae, and Den. gracilicaule, although it lacks the furrowing that is predominant in the latter of these three. It is however closely related to Den. fleckeri and Den. adae, and this is evident when one notices the hairy labellum and other characteristics of all three species contained in the Dendrocoryne section. In more recent times it has been suggested that this species (as well as many others) be placed in the resurrected genus of Thelychiton, however, more recent DNA research suggests that there is not enough evidence to support their introduction into this genus, therefor, the names applied should be relegated to synomyn status only and the genus Dendrobium remain in place .(see attached publication). I am pleased to advise that I should have this species in flask in the not to distant future as all three plants are in flower therefore allowing outcrosses to be made. The picture below was taken at a later date when the flower was more open.


This was an Ascocentrum ampullaceum that came in the India import a few years ago (Everest Orchid Nursery) it was listed in the catalogue as Ascocentrum ampullaceum New Orange Form. Easy to grow and flower it was a nice addition to the collection.


Photo of Den unicum from India import type form on left and Den unicum 'Sunburst' on right, with non recurving segments and larger flower. Possible 4n?

Also have Sarcochilus hirticalcar in flask (pod parent shown) will send when ready to come out.

This is the pod parent of the seedlings that were sent over in 2006? every bit as eyecatching (or even better) as any Madagascan. Flowers extend outside the perimeter of a fifty cent piece.

This is where my plants are grown. Notice Angraecum germinyanum slightly to the right in hanging basket and cork mount submerged in pot.

Part of main house

Plants taking over living quarters!

Oh my God,,,!!!!!!!!! still taking over