October 2017
Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society

Website: http://members.iinet.net.au/~emntee/

President - Tony; Phone; 9342 3799 EMAIL

Secretary - Lynne; Phone; 9448 5840 EMAIL

Treasurer - Charly; Phone; 9206 4589 EMAIL

Registrar - Chris; Phone; 9246 3189 EMAIL

Editor - Tony; Phone; 9342 3799 EMAIL

P.O. Box 236, Kingsway, WA 6065.


Please Note!!

Change of meeting venue & start time

Next Meeting

Will be held, Thursday October 19th, 7.30pm, at the St. Lukes School at Woodvale. This is on the corner of Whitfords Ave and Duffy Terrace, Woodvale. See map here
Visitors and New Members always welcome

Visitors and New Members always welcome.

Topic of the evening
AGM + Photography with inexpensive cameras

Membership Fees- Couple/family $40. Single $27. (Includes Badge)
Renewal - Couple/family $25. Single $20. Junior $7


Results of the September Popular Vote:

George Webber Trophy

Cym Black Fire 'Magic' John H.

Popular Vote Open Section

Phal Eaglewood Glacier 'Brunswick Queen' Bruce

Popular Vote Novice Section

Cym. Gordon Gibbs x Vogelsang which is registered as Cym King Crimson - Andy

Floral Art: Theme: Nil

Wanneroo/Joondalup Orchid Society Calendar for
Please note that the time for set-up of displays between 8 & 9 am on the Thursday morning of the display. Plants can still be brought in after that time if it is more convenient.


Oct 20 - 21 WJOS North Beach Display
May 12 - 13th 2018 Ocean Keys Shopping Centre Display

Floral Arrangement

For October - Novelty orchid design
For November - Orchids in glass



Pots - If you require orchid pots from the society, please ring John on 0418 854 732 and he will bring them to the next meeting


Don't Forget
Oct 20 - 21 WJOS North Beach Display


Pots - If you require orchid pots from the society, please ring John on 0418 854 732 and he will bring them to the next meeting


The October meeting is our AGM which means that all
membership fees are now due. See Charly soon.


In our Popular Vote Novice Section, you will see this entry by a newer member…..

Cym. Golden Gibbs 'Dashing' x Vogel Jane 'East Bourne'

This is probably Cym Gordon Gibbs 'Dashing' x Vogelsang as there are no registered orchids called Cym. Golden Gibbs 'Dashing' x Vogel Jane. Plus there are registered orchids called Cym Gordon Gibbs 'Dashing' x Vogelsang 'Eastbourne' which is registered as Cym King Crimson, which highlights the articles in this issue regarding orchid names. Our thanks to OrchidWiz.


Meeting Results September 2017

Novice Section
Laelinae Alliance

15b 2nd Rlc. Crispin Rosales 'Ruan Yuan' x Bryce Canyon 'Splindiferous' John

15c 1st Rlc. Mem. Isabel Keenan Clifton

16e 1st Cym King Crimson Andy
Dendrobeae 18a

1st Den. regium John

1st Den. Yukidaruma 'The King' John

Phalenopsis 19c

1st Phal. Wildcat Finwood Don

2nd Phal. Unkown Don

1st Phal. Hainettiae Don
Vandeae 21b

1st Angcm. Vietchii John

Australian Native Epiphyte

22a 1st Den. linguiformis Denny

1st Den. (Colonial Sunrise x Bicentinial Girl x Gulginni ) x Andrew Person x speciosum - John

2nd Den. Ki 'Monster Flan Flan x Pink x Delicatum Denny
Species 24b

1st Rstp. antennifera John

2nd Bulb. lipidium Charly
Hybrids 25b

1st Zygo. Unkown John
Seedling 26

1st Phal. amabilis x volaeca 'Blue' Don


Don't Forget

The WJOS North Beach Display Friday (Setup from 8am) 20th & Saturday 21st October


What's in a name? Species
Some orchid names can be quite complex and confusing.
Understanding these names is well worth your while, as your
enjoyment of orchids is always enhanced with more knowledge.
So here goes.

Species orchids, (that is, those that are found growing in nature) are always written in italics or underlined.
Such as Dendrobium speciosum
The term Dendrobium is the family name for all of a related group of orchids and the first letter of it is always spelled with a capital D. (And it is spelled Dendrobium not Dendrodium)

The second name, speciosum is always written in italics (or
underlined) and with all letters in lower case. It is the name of that particular species of the Dendrobium family.

Some species orchids will have a third name which is called a
varietal name, such as Dendrobium speciosum var hillii
As hillii is part of the species name, it is also written in italics but the abbreviation var is not. So the full name of this plant should be written like this;
Dendrobium speciosum var hillii

Please note that the term variety, is a botanical one that is given to a species by taxonomists. It is not a varietal name. (See 'clonal' below)
Dendrobium speciosum var hillii is a particular form of Dendrobium speciosum that is found growing in it's natural state from the NSW central coast to eastern Queensland, and has tall canes that can be up to a meter in height with small pale cream flowers.
Because it is so different to other forms of Dendrobium speciosum it has been given the varietal name of hillii to delineate it from those other forms.

Now should you have a plant of Dendrobium speciosum var hillii but it differs in that it has small pale cream flowers with a red lip (let's say). You could give it a clonal name of your choice. Let's say you will call this particular clone, Red Lip. Thus 'Red Lip' becomes the clonal name for the particular clone of Dendrobium speciosum var hillii that you have.

The correct name of the orchid, including the varietal and clonal names will now be;

Dendrobium speciosum var hillii 'Red Lip'

Please note that Red Lip is enclosed by single quotes and is not written in italics ( 'Red Lip' )

Also note that varietal names are only for species, not hybrids.


What's in a name? - Hybrids

The International Orchid Commission on Classification, Nomenclature & Registration was established at the 2nd World Orchid
Conference in Hawaii in 1957. This is the world authority that
decides on orchid nomenclature and any changes to them or the way the names are written.

As we saw in the previous article on species names, species
orchids are those that occur naturally in the wild, where as, hybrid orchids are mostly man made. (There are some 'natural' hybrids that occur in nature and we will come to them shortly)

When two orchids are crosses the names are written thusly...
Laelia Happy X Laelia Red

This is quite acceptable, but when the resulting plant is then crossed with more orchids the names will start to mount up.
(Laelia Happy X Laelia Red) X Laelia Sad. Note the brackets around the first two names to indicate that they are a crossing.

The more that crossings are made, the longer the name would have to be. A short circuit is needed to solve the problem of having to write out the whole pedigree of a hybrid orchid. The short circuit is to register the cross with it's own personal name.

All hybrid orchid crossings are registered with the Royal
Horticultural Society in London. It is essential that this is done to avoid huge confusion.

Just to recap, species orchid names are always written in italics or underlined, Such as Dendrobium speciosum

In hybrid names, the first term is still written in italics or
underlined just as in writing species orchid names, but the
second term is quite different. The first letter of all hybrid
second names will always start with a capital letter thusly…
Dendrobium Sonia

This capitol letter at the start of the second name is most
important in writing orchid hybrid names, as it is this, that is going to indicate to anyone who reads the tag that this orchid is not a species but a hybrid.

One rather strange hybrid that I touched on earlier, is the 'natural hybrid'. This is when species are hybridised in the wild without any interference from humans, an event that surprisingly happens quite often.

These 'natural hybrids' are written thusly….

Miltonia X Bluntii.

This is a cross between Miltonia clowesii and Miltonia spectabilis that has happened naturally, to two species that were growing reasonably close to each other and have been cross pollinated.

Natural hybrids occur quite often amongst many Western Australian orchid species, particularly Caladenia species, and also a number of other WA species. These often produce quite spectacular hybrid orchids, and one would think that human hybridizers would have exploited long before now to produce such natural hybrids for the market.

Please note that there should not be any varietal (var.) names in hybrids. These are only used for species.
Clonal names are quite commonly attached to hybrid names and should also have their first letter capitalized and single quote marks at both ends.

Thus …
Dendrobium x Delicatum 'Lovely' tells you that the genus is
Dendrobium. The x Delicatum says that is a natural hybrid and 'Lovely' is a clonal name given to the plant by its' owner.

Tony Watkinson


The Report from the

Inter Society Display and Workshop
"Flowers, Fairytales & Fantasies"


A Note To Novice Growers
Please don't be afraid to bring along to the meetings, any orchids that you have in flower. Members will be more than willing to assist you in understanding how to improve your orchids. That is what the Society is all about. Our purpose is to help orchid growers, to help orchid growers
We are not there to ridicule or embarrass our newer members. Quite the opposite. We want to help you improve your orchids so that you can become better growers yourselves.


Meeting Results September 2017

Open Section

Laelinae Alliance

1st B. glauca Bruce

1st Ctt. Amaroo Bruce

1st Pot. Little Toshe x B. nodosa Mike & Jill

1st Cym. Dora May Price 'Snow Melody' John

1st Cym. Black Fire 'Magic' John

1st Paph. hirsutissimum Tony & Sandy

1st Paph. Julius Tony & Sandy

1st Den. polyanthum Ray

1st Phal. Earlewood Glacier 'Brunswick Queen' Bruce

1st Onc. Sunlight 'Pesky Panther' Ray
Australian Native Epiphyte

2nd Den. jonesii Noel & Eva

1st Den. Sun Venture 'Gold Star' Ray

2nd Den. Jane Leahy x self Noel & Eva

3rd Den. x Delicatum Rod & Heather

1st Lyc. lassioglossa Tony & Sandy

2nd Cal. vestita Noel & Eva

3rd Ble. striata Noel & Eva

PAPHIOPEDILUM CULTURE NOTES (October/November) by Trevor Burnett

This month is about getting our newly potted plants into full growth, the growths will need to mature in order to produce flowers next year. With the warmer weather, the fertiliser program can be increased to weekly or fortnightly at ¼ to ½ strength with a high nitrogen based fertiliser to promote good development of the new growths.
In our repotting process we usually end up with plants being repotted into larger pots or divided into several pieces, so be very mindfull not to cram your plants together like sardines.

They still need space between plants with good air movement. If we cram plants together, this provides a wonderful place for all sorts of bugs to hide and also restricts the air flow around plants. Good air movement around the plants is essential for good healthy plants and greatly reduces the problems of diseases. In respect to watering, we must ensure that our plants do not become completely dry, as we have a nice new mix which for the first couple of months will tend to dry out quicker than the old mix we have just replaced. At this time of year I would water at 7 day intervals unless the temperature goes above 32 degrees for three consecutive days then I would bring my watering back to 4 days. It also an ideal time to see if that plant you admired from one of the growers has been divided and a piece may be available to purchase.

Remember, this is the ideal time of the year to reflect on your cultural success and sharing your growing success with friends and club members. Good luck and good growing for the summer months ahead.



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