Newsletter of the

Species Orchid Society of

Western Australia (Inc)

Vol 29 No9

February 2018

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Members of Note
Quiet Achievers
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Members Orchid Collections

Members can have pictures of their orchid collection posted here. Just email Tony

Michael Zink's Orchids

Brassavola nodosa

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Orchid Articles

Paul Carver's
Angreaceum
sesquipedale

Download; Plant Display Template

Species Orchid Society Rules PDF

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NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY 13th February2017 @ 7.45
AT WILSON COMMUNITY HALL
,
Braibrise Rd, WILSON

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Anne O'Callaghan Cultural Award:


Awarded to Ian for a beautiful example of Encyclia alata.

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MINUTES OF THE GENERAL MEETING 9 January 2018 7.48pm
Present: 50 present as per the register
Apologies: 5 as per register
Visitors: Helen and Lauren.
New members:
Minutes: Minutes of the November meeting accepted (Lynn, Jacqui)
Business Arising: Nil

Correspondence:
Inwards:
Agenda for WAROO 20th Jan 2018,
Workshop for WOC24 on 3rd March,
WOC24 Letterhead,
Bruce's Home visit
Outwards:
Nil.

Raffle: First prize was won by Caterina, and then all other attendees won a plant.
Name Badge: Brenda .

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Graham & Margaret's orchids


Dendrobium mutabile


Stenoglottis woodii

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FORTH-COMING EVENTS

Home visits:
At 10 am on the Sunday after the fourth Thursday of each month. Please bring chairs and food to share.


25 February - Adrian & Dee's
18 March - Bruce & Kaye's, Dianella
(Note: A week earlier than usual)
29 April - Peter, Armadale
27th May - John, Bicton

Meeting and Home Visit program for 2018

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Siva's orchids


Masdevallia ayabacana (Both Ron Parsons and Gary Yong Gee agree that this is a hybrid, probably
M. Macchu Picchu.


Stanhopea oculata

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Hello all orchid enthusiasts;

As you are now aware, Perth has been selected as the host city for the 24th World Orchid Conference & Show to be staged in 2023.

This significant event is something which WAROO and our member clubs strategically identified and have worked towards over the past 10 years or so.
The numerous WAOS and other major events (such as the AOC Conference & Show in 2012) staged during this time have been essential stepping stones towards winning a WOC bid.
Now that we have achieved our dream, we have 6 years in which to organise ourselves and plan and present this prestigious event.

To realise this once in a lifetime opportunity, WAROO needs all orchid clubs and their members to be involved.
To start the process, all clubs and members are invited to attend an Open Day & Workshop Saturday on 3rd March at the Bentley Community Centre, Nyamup Way, Bentley, starting at 9am.

When; Saturday 3rd March 2018

Venue; Bentley Community Centre. Nyamup Way, Bentley. (Just off Manning Road)

Timing; 9am until 12 noon.

What to bring; a plate to share for morning tea and your views/thoughts and above all, your enthusiasm

Format for the morning;

9 – 9.30am; Presentation to members of the bid that was presented to the World Orchid Trust Selection Committee & questions on what it means for us

9.30am –10am; What we are doing, what needs to be done, and from you, what should we be doing that we haven’t thought of yet!

10am – 10.15am; Morning tea

10.15 - 11.30am; Open discussion and workshop (input from clubs/members on what we have done well and not so well in previous events. What we need to do for a WOC)

11.30 12 noon; wrap up and feedback.

12 noon close

Bruce Larson

Chair, WOC Bid Committee

We are keen to have as many orchid enthusiasts at this event as possible as we will need each and every one of you in September 2023 to make this a truly great event.

It would be appreciated if this could be publicised in your newsletter, and to members at your meetings.

To assist us with catering, it would also be appreciated if you were able to provide me with the approximate number of your members intending to participate.

Thanks you for your support.

Ken Jones

Secretary/Treasurer

WA Regional Orchid Organization

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Ken & Chris's orchids


Angraecum distichum


Cattleya gaskelliana var. alba


Cymbidium bicolor


Dendrobium aduncum


Lycaste aromatica


Paphiopedilum delenatii


Both Ron Parsons and Gary Yong Gee agree that this is probably an Encyclia hybrid

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A message from The Water Corporation

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The difference between

Phalaenopsis amabilis & Phal. aphrodite subsp. formosana

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WA terrestrial orchids in situ – a four-day field trip to the Mid-west

http://members.iinet.net.au/~emntee/Orchids_in_The_Mid-west.htm

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NOTES FROM YOUR COMMITTEE

1. An Open Day & Workshop for all orchid society members is to be held at 9.00-12.00 on Saturday 3 March at Bentley Community Centre. Nyamup Way, Bentley (just off Manning Road). The purpose is to share our experience from the World Orchid Conference in Ecuador, and to start planning our event in September 2023. We hope that you are able to attend. Please let us know at the February general meeting.


2. The Species Society is the host for the 2018 Intersociety Orchid Display and Workshop to be held at Morley
Recreation Centre on 3-5 August 2018. If you are willing to help us plan and stage this event, please let Adrian, Tony W or Ken know as we are now forming a sub-committee to plan the Society's display and plan and manage the event.


3. Gary Backhouse has updated his DVD Spider Orchids: the Genus Caladenia and its Relatives. This e-book covers Caladenia and its relatives Adenochilus, Cyanicula, Ericksonella, Eriochilus, Glossodia, Elythranthera, Leptoceras, Pheladenia and Praecoxanthus. 844 pages in landscape format includes 7,800 photographs including 143
natural hybrids. It is published on DVD ($25) or USB stick or micro SD card. ($30). If you are interested, please see Graham at the meeting.

4. If you haven't ordered your new badge yet, please see Mich. The cost for badges with a magnetic clip is $13.50, and with pin is $11.50.

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Maxine's orchid
Laelia cinnabarina

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Unusual and Surprising Orchids and their
Reproductive Biology
by Ken Jones

Cont. next month

See the whole article (so far) HERE

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FOR SALE/WANTED

The Species Society has a spare copy of Dr Henry Oakeley's book, Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa that is for sale. Dr Oakeley is presently selling the remaining copies of this excellent publication for £60 including postage to Australia (this is approximately $100). If you are interested in acquiring this book, please see Mich or one of the committee members. All reasonable offers will be considered.

 

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Tony & Mavis's orchids


Brassavola cucullata


Brassavola nodosa


Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi fma. Chattaladea


Tolumnia variegata


Zelenkoa onusta

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MONTHLY PLANT

Paphiopedilum spicerianum
Photo source: Paphiopedilum Study Group

Description: Moderate size slipper orchid.

Country of origin: Northeast India, Myanmar, Bhutan and China
Difficulty: Relatively easy to grow
Cost: $5.00

Paphiopedilum spicerianum
[Rchb.f]Pfitz. 1888 is found in northeast India along the Myanmar border, and has also been reported from northwest Myanmar, Bhutan and Yunnan Province in China. These plants were deflasked and grown on by Tony & Sandy from a flask that Tony and Mavis acquired for us when they were in Thailand in 2016.


Paphiopedilum spicerianum grows on limestone outcrops and cliffs at 300-1,300m, generally shaded by ferns and gingers. The plants are found in shallow, humus-filled pockets in limestone with their roots anchored to the rocks. They can also be found in moss and thick humus at the base of trees and on moss covered rocks. Their habitat has a readily available supply of fresh water, even through the winter dry season where moisture is provided by mist and water seepage that keeps the substrate damp.


This species generally flowers in autumn with one-three flowers per raceme. It is a vigorous species that can reach flowering size two years out of flask.
Paphiopedilum spicerianum is one of the simplest of the genus to grow, and is equally happy with pine bark, sphagnum moss, perlite, coir and other media. Protection from cold, wet weather in winter is strongly recommended as this genus is adversely affected by cold and wet media in our wet winter, that can promote the growth of fungal and bacterial pathogens like Erwinea spp that are bacterial rots, particularly damaging and hard to eradicate.
Paphiopedilum orchids are generally less attractive to the insect pests which feast on our other orchids. Good culture that prevents water sitting in leaf axils is the key to healthy slipper orchids. Additional shade during summer to reduce light intensity is important

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Peter's orchids


Dendrobium lindleyi


Encyclia randii


Neofinetia falcata


Psychopsis krameriana

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Orchids in Their Natural Habitat and in Cultivation -
Ecuagenera's five-day pre-WOC tour
Continued from January 2018


Following are more photos of species orchid flowers from Ecuagenera's El Pangui nursery

Acianthera discophylla


Platystele baqueroi


Epidendrum parviflorum


Maxillaria pseudoreichenheimiana

Maxillaria shepherdii


Acronia culpamae

Ornithocephalus bicornus


Lepanthes telipogoniflora


After spending a few hours (somewhat more than initially scheduled as many of us spent more time than anticipated looking at the enormous variety of orchids in flower) at Ecuagenera El Pangui, walking through the arboretum looking at more orchids in flower we departed for our overnight accommodation in town.

 

Masdevallia spp in flower in arboretum


Gongora spp in flower in arboretum

 

After a comfortable night and breakfast, we departed for Gualceo. The planned route which would have taken us through San Juan Bosco had to be changed as the roadworks were impassable, so we went back the same way we came to El Pangui, that said, through the road constriction that we passed through the previous day. After a few stops along the way, we arrived at Gualaceo and enjoyed dinner at Ecuagenera with members of some of the other tours running at the same time.


This was slow trip as once again, we shared the road with trucks, heavy machinery, cars and buses. The diversions around bridgework were a challenge for our driver as we made our way around temporary river crossings .
A few stops along the way provided more opportunities to look at the unique habitat and the orchids


Epidendrum spp


Sobralia rosea in situ


Phragmipedium warszewiczianum var wallisii in situ

The following day was set aside to see Ecuagenera's facilities including their production laboratory and to visit as many of their growing houses as possible. After breakfast, we left to travel to Ecuagenera's Gualaceo headquarters a short distance away. This proved to be a full days' endeavour, with many of us having to be reminded that we still had several more growing houses to visit as the day wore on.


We were treated to a conducted tour of the laboratory where we were able to see literally thousands of flasks of Ecuadorian and nearby country species at various stage of growth.

 

 

Our guide and Laboratory Manager, Edison explained that Ecuagenera is committed to the propagation of Ecuadorian species orchids (and nearby South American orchid species), and they line-breed to improve the flower form, colour and size. They also flask species of interest from other countries including for example, mist forest species from New Guinea.
Sterile work stations for flasking seed.

Single plant flasks produced for sale at WOC


As noted previously, none of us from Australia had any concept of just how extensive Ecuagenera's operations were. Having visited their Gualaceo headquarters on the first evening on the way to El Pangui after nightfall, we were not able to see the extensive nature of the business. The massive investment in producing Ecuadorian orchids with perhaps as many as 15 separate large growing houses, some up to 150m in length is testament to their commitment to large scale production as the view from space shows.

Phragmipedium production area

The number of plants that we were able to see in flower was a species orchid enthusiast's dream. I saw many more species in flower at their two nursery properties than I could have imagined.


The Tour Group in the Miltoniopsis growing area.

Photos by Chris and Tony

See the articl so far HERE

Cont. next month

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Courtney's orchids


Encyclia belizensis


Laelia purpurata
var. sanguineum x var. venosa


Vanda tricolor (Vanda suavis?)

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Fiona Stanley Hospital Site Terrestrial Orchids

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Hygienic Practice

The benefits of hygienic practice in keeping your collection free of plant diseases.

Hygiene tips to keep your orchids disease free.

Checklist in WORD in PDF

See the full article HERE

 

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Financial Report:: Charly provided the financial report. Current balance is $3,506.41 plus $6,000 in a term deposit. (Ray, Lynn)

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John's orchids


Laelia tenebrosa var. rubra FCC x var. 'XXXX'
(?)


Laelia purpurata var. sanguineum x var. venosa

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STANHOPEAS by Bill Mather & Ken Jones

See the whole article HERE

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Ian's orchid


Encyclia alata

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General Business:
1. Apologies were offered for the lack of a December meeting.


2. Ken spoke about the depth of organisation needed to hold WOC24 in 2023. He also said that we would need a presence in Taiwan for WOC23 in 2020.Plant quarantine will need to be investigated. There is a meeting scheduled for the 3rd of March (at the Bentley Community Centre from 9.00-12.00) and all enthusiasts are asked to attend.


3. The next WAROO meeting is to be held on the 20th of January.


4. Our society is to run the Intersociety Orchid Display and Workshop on the first weekend in August 2018. A
subcommittee has been formed to organise it.


5. Adrian and Chris will try to have our storage cupboards secured at the next meeting. They were open again tonight.


6. Tony B is growing on some Paphiopedilum spicerianum as a set of monthly plants for us.


7. The AOC Conference and Show will be held in NSW from the 18th to the 22nd of July.


8. There was forewarning of a large Show for September this year.

Chris was enrolled as a Life Member of our Society by the President, Adrian.

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Lynn's orchids


Brassia maculata

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As usual, any and all comments are welcome

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