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AUGUST  2001
COS NEWSLETTER

NEXT MEETING - Note the date and time:
SATURDAY 18 August 2001 starting at 15h00
at Athenaeum, Newlands

AGENDA

"How much do you know?"
The August meeting may just provide the answer! We will be teasing the brain to remember and produce answers in a fun-filled afternoon tailor-made to learn and show-off. Come along and enjoy … you may even win a prize … but if not there will still be lots of laughs and things to learn. It will be a team effort so nobody need feel intimidated or too "new" to contribute. You may know a lot more than you think!

It would be great if you could please bring along a plate of eats to enjoy along with the liquid refreshments provided by the Society.

There will be the usual Plant Table, so please bring your plants for comment.

Don’t forget the plant raffle and plant sales at each meeting.


MEMBER NEWS
August birthday wishes go to Arnold Kottler (10), Brenda Vurgarellis(16), Peter Ryan (19), Margaret James (21), Wendy Gersie (29) and Stewart Sutherland (30).

Mooly Geben has not been well again and we ask you to remember him in your prayers and thoughts and hope he is soon feeling strong.

Congratulations to Louis Vogelpoel whose articles and stunning photographs on Disas recently appeared in the Orchid Digest. This is a magnificent publication and we are proud that he has attained such prestigious recognition over the years for his love of and attention to one of South Africa’s "leading lights" in the orchid world .

There are "golden celebrations" happening in Durban on 26 August with Ivan and Carmen Coll reaching the magical number of 50 years of marriage. Congratulations and enjoy this very special occasion.


JULY MEETING
Many thanks to Jean Dryden for the opportunity of a look at some of the Cattleyas that are and have been the leading hybrids over the past years. If you are fond of splash petals the one that immediately springs to mind is Brassolaeliocattleya Chinese Beauty ‘ Orchid Queen’.

Thank you to Tricia Owen and Lambit Kaudla for donations to the raffle table as well as thanks to Volkmar for nurturing and bringing along the COS stock plants that were bought at the last National Show in Pretoria.


LATEST SAOC AWARD IN THE CAPE
Mike Tibbs’ Cynorkis gibbosa ‘Madagascan Magic’ was recently awarded an Award of Merit with 81%. If you were at the July meeting you will remember this beautiful and unusual flower. The plant received a Certificate of Horticultural Merit from the American Orchid Society in 1999 and Mike reports this flowering to be the best he has had…2 spikes with 19 and 14 flowers respectively. The flowers were a beautiful salmon-peach colour with a dark purple blotch on the lip. This is a species from Madagascar which Mike acquired as a tuber in Holland. He grows it quite damp in sphagnum moss and feeds it heavily with half strength Peters.
Congratulations!


SAOC NEWS
The date for the AGM of the SAOC meeting in Nelspruit will be on 27 October 2001. Nominations for the Board are to reach the Secretary of Council by 31 August 2001. The Society will be receiving the statutory notice and agenda during September together with the names of the nominees. If there are any matters that you wish discussed at the Directors meeting on 28 October 2001, please submit them to the Secretary of Council by 30 September 2001.


TYGERBERG ORCHID GROUP – SHOW DATES
The Show will be at the Bellville Civic Centre and open to the public from Thursday
30 August until Sunday 2 September. Plan an outing and support our neighbours.


NEWS FROM THE CAPE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
The CHS will be holding their Spring Show at the Alphen Centre, Constantia on 1 and 2 September 2001. They are planning a full on "garden show" and have invited our Members to enter plants especially in the sections provided for orchids. If you are interested, please phone me (712-8721) for details of the Show conditions etc.


SURVEY
Although the deadline has passed, please respond to the questionnaire as the more feedback we receive the better!


WORLD ORCHID SHOW TOUR
Herman Steyn is organising a tour to coincide with the World Orchid Show in Malaysia next year. If you would like more details, contact Volkmar Schmidt (ph. 976 3946) locally or Herman (012 991 2345; Fax 012 991 6789)


WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE VELD?
Please remember to keep Eberhard Gersie informed of any orchid species that you see in the veld. He is planning a species outing for September and would welcome information on any promising local sites.


COMMENT ON THE PLANT TABLE July 2001
Eddie Eveleigh’s Odontocidium Isler’s Goldregen was a worthy first for the evening with its striking yellow flowers. The spike took 7 months to develop on this very robust plant.

Sysser Waspe’s Oncidium cheirophorum had 6 spikes of spicy smelling blooms on a plant showing good progressive bulb development. Sysser’s Brassolaeliocattleya Guess What ‘Doubloon’ also sported much improvement in culture with 7 stunning orange-yellow flowers. She bought it in 1999 with 2 flowers, flowered it in 2000 with 3 blooms and now the progressively larger bulbs have rewarded her with 7 flowers.

Greig Russell’s Cymbidium Herbie Poole ( Cymbidium grandiflorum x parishii) had charming fresh pale green flowers with a stippled lip held on an arching spike. Greig’s Coelogyne Unchained Melody was an interesting Coelogyne cristata hybrid from Pieter de Bruin.

Volkmar Schmidt’s Stenorrhynchus speciosus is a species from Mexico and the West Indies. It had salmon-pink flowers displayed on a conical inflorescence and visually reminiscent of Disa ferruginea. The foliage had beautiful silvery mottling.

Laeliocattleya Julie Cee (Laelia sincorana x Cattleya aclandiae) from the Vurgarellises was a lovely purple. They got the plant from the Van Rooyens in White River in 1995 and grow it in their lemon tree. We can always rely on Brenda and Peter to have innovative ideas on culture and to prove that many orchids are a lot hardier and less fussy about their growing conditions than we think!

Although the comment was that Johan Bruwer’s Cymbidium Red Beauty ‘Netty’ 4N x Gold Beach ‘Ezigro’ was not the most solid colour form seen of this cross, it was nevertheless a pleasing full-shaped flower. The influence of the Red Beauty parent was very evident. There were 10 flowers on an upright spike. The red flowers appeared "paintbrush stroked" with a yellow lip edged with deep maroon and striking maroon stapeloide markings disappearing into the throat.



PLANT TABLE – July 2001
Thanks to Mike Byren and Louis Vogelpoel for the comments on the plants.
We enjoy seeing your plants, so keep them coming!

Vic Baber
Dendrobium-phalaenopsis Copper Queen

Rachael Braver
Cattleya Mini Purple "Tamami" AM/AOS

Johan Bruwer
Cymbidium Red Beauty "Netty" 4N x Gold Beach "Ezigro"

Eddie Eveleigh
Odontocidium Isler’s Goldregen

Ann Gray
Masdevallia Darling Beauty

Lambit Kaudla
Paphiopedilum villosum

George Leyland
Cymbidium Jean Slattery ‘Cecil Park’ HCC/AOC

Greig Russell
Cymbidium Herbie Poole
Cymbidium Dag x Sleeping Dream ‘The One’
Coelogyne Unchained Melody

Volkmar Schmidt
Capanemia micromera
Stenorrhynchus speciosus
Odontioda
Bombay ‘Virginia’
Odontioda Stromor x Brocade
Odontocidium
Susane Kaufmann’Butterfly’
Odontocidium Isler’s Goldregen

Michael Tibbs
Cynorkis gibbosa

Louis Vogelpoel
Bonatea cassidea
Phragmipedium
Schroderae var. Darling
Zygopetalum Artur Elle ‘Ben Wrighton’ HCC/AOS

Brenda & Peter Vurgarellis
Laeliocattleya Julie Cee

Manfred Waltner
Paphiopedilum javanicum var.virens
Paphiopedilum appletonianum
Paphiopedilum micranthum

Sysser Waspe
Oncidium cheirophorum
Oncidium ornithorhyncum
Brassolaeliocattleya
Guess What ‘Doubloon’
Phalaenopsis Malibu Elf ‘Oudepost’ x Little Fly ‘Oudepost’
Paphiopedilum
Rosy Dawn 'Superbum'


Plants of the Evening

1st Odontocidium Isler’s Goldregen from Eddie Eveleigh
2nd Oncidium cheirophorum from Sysser Waspe
3rd Cymbidium Herbie Poole from Greig Russell


President’s Choice:

Cymbidium Herbie Poole from Greig Russell


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NEXT MEETING:
SATURDAY 18 August 2001 starting at 15h00 at Athenaeum, Newlands


CAPE ORCHID SOCIETY
P O Box 3347, Cape Town, 8000

President: Peter Vurgarellis, Tel 671-8166
email:
vurgie@mweb.co.za

Vice-President: still vacant

Secretary: Sylvia Byren, Tel 794-6439
email:
byren@worldonline.co.za

Treasurer: Jacques Jefthas, Tel 511-4508

Librarian: Bill Phillips Tel 788-8743
email:
phillipsw@mail.pentech.ac.za

Newsletter: Wendy Gersie, Tel 712-8721
email:
gersie@iafrica.com

Newsletter distribution: Sysser Waspe Tel 7801758
Webmaster: Sysser Waspe
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