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September 2001
NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY 25 September 2001

starting at 19h45 at Athenaeum, Newlands

......... Spring show preparations .......



Come and join us as various Members demonstrate their choice of potting methods. Care has been taken to cover a range of techniques and media such as bark, polystyrene, rockwool, stone etc and the genera to which each is best suited. You are sure to learn from Jenny Kavarana, Eric Harley, Vincent McKinnon, Volkmar Schmidt and Manfred Waltner who have proven their worth by the rewards they receive from their plants.

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.


Birthday wishes to Michael Weir on 15th September and Eberhard Gersie on the 22nd September.
For those who were Members at the time of the 10th World Orchid Conference in Durban, you will remember Pierre Joubert as the Show Chairman and his wife Thelma. Our thoughts and prayers go to Thelma who recently suffered a stroke. We wish you a full and speedy recovery.


It was a real fun afternoon when six teams competed and tested their knowledge in a quiz on orchids and related matters. There were competitions within competitions as some teams even competed to have their answers submitted first never mind if they were correct or not. It was a good thing that Rachael had on her running shoes (she’s in serious training at Run for Life) as she had to sprint from the back of the hall. The winning team ( Sylvia Byren, Judy Geben, Bes Gous, Seiji Hiraho, Bill Phillips and Peter Vurgarellis) narrowly won due to Peter’s masterly stroke of creativity in the "make a corsage" category. Congratulations to the winners and closely contested runner up, Greig Russell who was "flying solo".

Many thanks to everyone who brought the scrumptious eats.

The raffle plants were donated by Eddie Eveleigh and from the COS stock. Thank you.


The Society has received the statutory notice and agenda of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the SAOC to be held in Nelspruit on Saturday 27 October 2001 at 16h15.

By rotation, the following Directors are due to retire: Eberhard Gersie, Henriette Stroh, Joan Vercueil and Karsten Wodrich. All except Henriette Stroh have indicated their availability for nomination. The names of the nominees are: Eberhard Gersie, Joan Vercueil and Karsten Wodrich. As fewer nominations have been received than vacancies, there will be no election at the AGM.

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend, speak and, on a poll, vote in his stead. Proxy forms are available from the Secretary of Council, Sylvia Byren ph 794-6439 if you wish to avail yourself of this facility. A proxy must be a member of Council.


Alan Bowley, who recently attended the Seminar in Queensburgh and then the Symposium of the Natal Orchid Society, describes himself as the "Stormer Orchid Grower" who "enters the shark net". He was full of praise for the quality of talks presented at both the venues and also the superb organisation and facilities that were provided by the hard working speakers and co-ordinators.. Alan enjoyed the basic informative nature of the predominantly cultural talks at Queensburgh as well as the subjects that he felt appealed to the more experienced grower at the Natal Orchid Society’s seminar.

At Queensburgh there were talks on the culture of Dendrobiums, Phalaenopsis, Vandas, Paphiopedilums and Cymbidiums as well as culture in pots and baskets for limited growing areas. There were handouts on orchids to "grow in your garden" as well as back-ups to the cultural presentations.

At the Natal Symposium Alan enjoyed the opportunity to hear internationally renowned speakers as well as local ones. Here he was up-dated on Anguloas and Angulocastes, miniature Cattleyas, Phragmipediums, Phalaenopsis and the culture and care of species.

I have not included all the information that Alan sent me, but would like to emphasise his enthusiasm and eagerness to be kept informed of any other similar forthcoming events as the bug has really bitten!

Congratulations to all the organisers is the special message from Alan.


We have had notification of this sale via e-mail. They are offering 30% off all available items until 15 October 2001. Complete details are on their website at Their e-mail address for any questions, is


2001 Orchid Odyssey

When? 31 October 2001 to 4 November 2001.

Where? Corpus Christi, Texas

There will be a Show and various meetings of the American Orchid Society Trustees, Orchid Digest Corporation, The Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association, The International Phalaenopsis Alliance and Pleurothallid Alliance.

If you would like a registration packet, please contact Paul & Sally Hunt by e-mail at or fax: 361-882-3256.

The above information was received by e-mail.


There were quite a number of fragrant orchids on the table. Anton Hoffman described his and Gerry Walden’s Dendrobium Delicatum as "the car deodoriser". The one parent species, Dendrobium speciosum from Alan Bowley has a wonderful fragrance.

The species Dendrochilum cobbianum from George Leyland is very fragrant and is easy to grow. Another species, Cymbidium sanderae, from Greig Russell, has a slight perfume and is very heat tolerant. It has been tissue cultured and is now much more common in cultivation. Selma Ferreira’s Brassolaeliocattleya Momilani Rainbow has a strong perfume especially in the late afternoon and evening. Frans and Bes Gous’ Oncidium Twinkle ‘Red Fantasy’ had the expected reddish flowers with a beautiful perfume.

The Gous’ Potinara Free Spirit ‘Lea’ had 2 flowers and 2 buds as a first flowering. It was a very beautiful daffodil yellow, pretty mini-cattleya.

It was a treat to see the mauve Cattleya schroederae from Volkmar Schmidt. This was apparently a jungle collected specimen and not as good as some of the line-bred forms.

Ellie and Hendrik van der Hoven recommend that Dendrochilum wenzelii is best grown under Paphiopedilum conditions. It had many spikes of orange to rust/red flowers.

Selma Ferreira’s Macredenia multiflora had 2 spikes of small golden flowers. It is common to have 2 flower spikes per bulb.

PLANT TABLE – August 2001

Thanks to Mike Byren and Ellie van der Hoven for the comments on the plants and to Sylvia for the recording thereof.

Alan Bowley
Dendrobium speciosum
Oncidium cheirophorum
( Yellow Point x Malworth) ‘CT Yellow River’
Sophrolaeliocattleya Tiny Titan
Dendrobium (Zip ‘Imperial’ x Peta ‘Royal’)

Selma Ferreira
Macredenia multiflora
Momilani Rainbow

Frans & Bes Gous
Oncidium Twinkle ‘Red Fantasy’
Brassolaeliocattleya Asia Sunlight ‘CT Splendor’
Potinara Free Spirit ‘Lea’
Cymbidium Fascella Ruby 4n x Ruby Eyes ‘Red Baron’ 4n
Cymbidium Nut ‘H&R’

Ann Gray
Sophronitella violacea
Dendrobium moniliforme
Tina ‘Sammy’ AM/AOS, AM/SAOC
Cymbidium Daddy’s Girl ‘Petite’

Anton Hoffman

Cattleya loddigesii ‘Martinelli’
Dendrobium Delicatum

George Leyland
Dendrochilum cobbianum
Annan Cooksbridge

Bill Phillips

Paphiopedilum Golden Desire
Paphiopedilum Rosy Dawn ‘Superbum’
Cymbidium Golden Elf ‘Greanlands’ x devonianum ‘Arlbeer’

Greig Russell

Cymbidium sanderae FCC/RHS

Volkmar Schmidt
Cattleya schroederae
Edva Loo ‘Vere Cruz’

Dendrobium Honaka

Gerry Walden
Dendrobium Delicatum

Sysser Waspe
Brassocattleya Maikai ‘Mayumi’
Brassolaeliocattleya Travelling Star
Lycaste Jason
Phalaenopsis Malibu Elf ‘Oudepost’ x Little Fly ‘Oudepost’
Phalaenopsis Maki Watanabe
Odontioda Glyndebourne Belmonte
Wilsonara Tiger Brew

Hendrik & Ellie van der Hoven
Phragmipedium besseae
Dendrochilum wenzelii
Liparis formosana

Plants of the Evening
1st Dendrobium speciosum from Alan Bowley
2nd Brassolaeliocattleya (Yellow Point x Malworth) CT Yellow River’ from Alan Bowley
3rd Macredenia multiflora from Selma Ferreira

President’s Choice:

Wilsonara Tiger Brew from Sysser Waspe

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NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY 25 September 2001
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