TUESDAY 22 January 2002
starting at 19h45 at the
Athenaeum in Newlands
Please note : There is no meeting in
Prize Giving and Bumper Raffle
We will be handing out the trophies
to all the winners from the Spring Show, so if you were a winner please make every effort
to attend to receive the accolades and silverware!
As usual, the last meeting of the
year will be a bumper raffle with all the proceeds being donated to the Ted Schelpe Colour
Fund. We ask you to please bring along as many donations to the table as possible so that
the odds of winning go up and the funds are boosted. Remember that ANYTHING is
homebakes, preserves, plants of any variety, wine, crafts
There will be the usual Plant Table, so please remember your
Our end of year party will follow all of this. Please bring a
plate of eats to share. The Society will provide liquid refreshments and glasses.
To our new Members we extend a very
hearty welcome. They are Mrs.T. & Miss M.Strydom of Tygerberg Hills, Mr C.Eva of Fish
Hoek and Mr G. Harwood of Plumstead.
November birthday greetings go to Selma Ferreira (2), Pauline McKinnon (5), Greig Russell
and Wally Shave (9), Bernadette Smith (11), Lambit Kaudla (22) and Ann Gray (23).
There are early December wishes
to Rachael Braver (2), Sarie le Roux (17), Thirza Lineker (21), Linda Dietrich (30) and a
very special wish to Norman Freeman who will celebrate his 80th birthday on 19
Hubert Kurzweil treated us to an
in-depth exploration of the structure of orchid flowers. He also provided a useful handout
that included a glossary specifically of terms for the flower parts. Thank you Hubert and
we wish you every success at the presentation in Shah Alam next year.
Eberhard Gersie also showed slides of Bartholina burmanniana seen near Glencairn.
Congratulations to Eberhard Gersie
who has been elected as the President of the South African Orchid Council. The
Vice-President is Karsten Wodrich and the other Directors are: Leon Davies, Ann Duckworth,
Trevor Edwards, Joan Elvin, George Short, Herman Steyn, Joan Vercueil and Hendrik Vorster.
Congratulations must also go to Sarel Spies and Christo Page who fulfilled all the
requirements and have been appointed as Accredited Judges of the SAOC.
If you intend buying plants at the World Orchid Show in Malaysia we have been informed
that it will be very difficult to meet the import conditions required by the South African
authorities. Please contact Hendrik Vorster for all the relevant details before leaving
SA. His contact details are: Phone: 044 534 8681; Fax: 044 382 2882; email:
You should have received an
invoice along with this newsletter. We would appreciate it if you pay your subs as soon as
possible (no later than 31 December 2001). Jacques and Sylvia will be available to
receive payment at our November meeting
the last meeting for this year.
Where were you? The weather was a bit overcast but otherwise pleasant, cool walking
conditions. The quest was to find Bartholina burmanniana in the Black Hill area
near Glencairn. There was Disa graminifolia, Pterygodium catholicum, Eulophia capensis
, Satyrium carneum and Holothrix villosa to be seen but the Bartholinas were
unfortunately over their flowering time and but a memory for those who had seen them a
week or two earlier or on slide at our October meeting!
There is still great concern as to the
suitability and continued availability of the Sanlam Hall at Kirstenbosch for our Shows.
Members of the COS Committee have had meetings with Committee Members of other user
Societies and have attended open meetings at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in order to
remain as informed as possible. The proposed redevelopment of the area around the Sanlam
Hall and Garden Shop still allows access to the Show venue only after entering the Gardens
and thus requires visitors to pay the entrance fee. Various Societies are planning to
continue discussions of alternative ideas to allow access to the Sanlam Hall to be part of
facilities outside the "paying" gate to the Gardens. Negotiations are also
taking place for alternative venues for our Show during the construction phase.
COMMENTS FROM THE PLANT TABLE
The McKinnons have been dubbed the
"Dendrobium Kings" Their collection brought to the Plant Table underscored the
reason. Their plants are healthy, beautifully grown and stunning to look at. Dendrobium
primulinum was a deserved Plant of the Evening with numerous flowering canes of large
lilac flowers with a white lip. Dendrobium densiflorum was a beautifully grown and
flowered example with exceptional colour.
Louis Vogelpoels Phragmipedium Don Wimber ( Eric Young x besseae) had
2 flowers of stunning colour on a nicely grown plant. Louis reports that his Disa
sagittalis is easy to grow so try to acquire one as part of an indigenous collection.
Louis also reports that his great find from Mexico, Stenorrhynchus speciosum "grows
like the clappers". It requires no heat and has distinct coral pink to red flowers.
Anton Hofmanns Sarcochilus hartmanii Clearwater x George
was a good form on a nice compact plant.
The Gersies Paphiopedilum armeniacum had 3 well-displayed flowers on a
beautifully grown plant.
Frans and Bes Gous brought along some history with a spike of Cymbidium Highland
Mist Dillabirra GM 10thWOC. The plant won Best Orchid and Best Cymbidium on
Show at the World Orchid Conference and Show held in Durban in 1981. Theirs was a
well-flowered spike of 10 large blooms beautifully displayed on the spike. The plant was
just too big to fit in the car!
Ann Gray brought along Aspasia lunata, a warm tolerant species we seldom see here
in Cape Town. It was flowering off 5 growths and looking extremely happy.
LAST WORD FOR 2001
This is the last newsletter for
this year so it just remains for me to pass on the wishes from the COS Committee and I
that you all enjoy a peaceful and blessed Christmas and prosperity in the New Year. I will
be sending out a newsletter in January to nudge you all back into action and will see you
on 22 January 2002 at the usual place and the usual time.
Please note : There is no meeting in December
PLANT TABLE October 2001
Thank you to everyone who
Phalaenopsis (Via Camino Real x amabilis O x Malibu Elf
Angulocaste Olympus Everest
Eberhard & Wendy Gersie
Frans & Bes Gous
Bifrenaria harrisoniae alba
Sarcochilus Pinky x Fitzhart (x2)
Cattleya aurantiaca x cinnabarina
Cymbidium Highland Mist Dillabirra GM 10th WOC
Oncidium Golden Binot
Maxillaria species (unidentified)
Ascocenda Dong Tarn
Sarcochilus hartmanii Clearwater x George
Miltonia Hurricane Ridge Silvia
Sarcochilus hartmannii George x Perfect Circle
Coelogyne mooreana Brockhurst FCC/RHS
Masdevallia coccinea alba
Phragmipedium Don Wimber
Oncidium (sphacelatum x maculatum) x Odontioda Fire Flower Carol Ann
Paphiopedilum micranthum Tokai Pink
Cattleya intermedia x self Pintada do tenente
Plants of the Evening
primulinum from Vincent McKinnon
2nd Phragmipedium Don Wimber from Louis Vogelpoel
3rd Sarcochilus hartmanii Clearwater x George
from Anton Hofmann
Paphiopedilum armeniacum from
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