NEXT MEETING Saturday 22 June
starting promptly at 15:00 at Athenaeum, Newlands
We are taking advantage of a Saturday meeting to have a relaxed look at some cultural techniques. A few of our members with special talents
will be available to “show and tell”. There will be an emphasis on re-potting Paphiopedilums and mounting plants that really prefer to not be in a pot.
Please bring a plate of eats to share. The Society will supply liquid refreshments.
Remember the raffle and the facility to sell plants at the Sales Table.
Welcome to a new Member, Pierre Cloete from Silverhurst Estate. We hope you will enjoy your association with the Society and that your
plants will flourish once they arrive in Cape Town.
Happy birthday to Delna Osborne(12), Joan Hart(19) and Bess Gous(21).
Congratulations to our Treasurer, Jacques Jefthas who recently became a proud grandfather for the first time.
Margaret James would like to thank everyone for all the kindness and caring messages she had after Frank died early last month.
Hendrik Vorster gave us an up to date report of the happenings at the World Orchid Conference and Show in Malaysia. The Grand Champion was
Paphiopedilum rothschildianum ‘Giant Wings’ owned by Tokyo Orchid Nursery. A general impression was that there were fewer flowers than expected. This may have been because so many of the usual
American contingent did not attend. The judging seems to have had an eastern influence so there may have been some choices that were not to our western taste. Many of the displays were very impressive
with excellent quality and a variety of blooms. Thank you Hendrik.
The next World Orchid Conference and Show is in France so start saving NOW!
Thank you to Vincent McKinnon, Sheila Smith, Anton Hofmann, Lambit Kaudla, Duckitt Nurseries and Volkmar Schmidt for plants donated for the raffle.
NEWS FROM AFAR
This may reach you a little late if you are not on email, but for those who would like to make it, the next meeting of the
Disa workshops run by DOSA, will be on Sunday 19 May at the stone cottages near Kirstenbosch. For details, please contact either the Chairman Brett Young ph.021
685 3673 or the Secretary Jenny Ryan ph.
021 761 4927.
Magnesium is very important to initiate the flowering process, so make sure this element is available to your plants eg. via dolomitic
If your plants have wrinkled leaves it is often thought to be because of erratic watering. It may also be due to the inability of the
roots to absorb enough water because the growing medium has broken down … re-pot into fresh mix.
TYGERBERG ORCHID GROUP
The next meeting will be on Tuesday 9 July at 19h30 in the Bellville library and the topic for the evening is a panel discussion. Please contact Bess Gous ( ph.913-6902) for details.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
COMMENTS FROM THE PLANT TABLE
The Plant of the Evening from Duckitt Nurseries, Oeoniella polystachys, had a wonderful fragrance, which not everyone seemed to
appreciate. This plant won the trophy for the Best Fragrance at the National Show in Pretoria in 2000. Sysser Waspe’s Sophronitis brevipedunculata was a wonderful display of about 12 flat flowers
spread all around the mount. Volkmar Schmidt’s Odontoglossum Geyser Gold was a real daffodil yellow with a very nice flat lip.
Bill Phillips’ Paphiopedlum insigne was a plant obtained in India in 2000 and this was its first flowering in SA. The colour was
good but the spike a little short.
Volkmar Schmidt’s Ceretostylis retisquama is also known as Ceretostylis rubra and comes from Sumatra and Burma. It had
salmon-orange trumpet shaped flowers – see The Manual of Cultivated Orchid Species by Bechtel, Cribb & Launert for a photograph (Frans & Bes Gous and Lambit Kaudla’s Isabelia virginalis is
also illustrated there, as is Dimerandra emarginata from Duckitt Nurseries).
The van der Hoven’s Habenaria arenaria is one of 3 species that have mottled leaves. The flowers last up to 4 months so are
well worth considering. Hendrik also brought along the lesser-known coerulea form of Phalaenopsis pulcherrima.
Manfred Waltner’s Pholidota imbricata slipped through the net and wasn’t discussed. Sorry about that! The genus is related to
Coelogyne. This species is often confused with P.pallida, and in some cases are used as synonyms of each other. The two species are however different where P.imbricata has yellowish
flowers with a touch of violet and P.pallida has white flowers and the leaves and bracts are different. This information is from the previously quoted book by Bechtel, Cribb and Launert in
which there is a photograph of Pholidata imbracta.
PLANT TABLE MAY
Thank you to Sheila Smith and Hendrik van der Hoven for their comments on the plants
Dimerandra emarginata ‘Oudepost’
Polystachya Frieda’s Favourite
Polystachya Rodney Ellis
Polystachya White Hot (x2)
Brassolaeliocattleya Duckitt Beauty
Phalaenopsis (Malibu Elf x Little Fly)
Frans & Bes Gous
Lycaste (Auburn x Aphrodite) ‘Sunrise’ x ‘Canary’
Masdevallia Copper Angel ‘Orange Sunset’
Odontoglossum bictoniense x cortatum
Laelia anceps ‘Jean’s Joy’
Odontoglossum Geyser Gold
Oncidium Sharry Baby ‘Ruby Doll’
Hendrik & Ellie van der Hoven
Plant of the Evening
1st Oeoniella polystachys from Duckitt Nurseries
2nd Sophronitis brevipedunculata from Sysser Waspe
3rd Odontoglossum Geyser Gold from Volkmar Schmidt
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