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TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2002 starting promptly at 19h45 at  Athenaeum, Newlands (Cape Town).


By Hendrik van der Hoven

Hendrik visited Spain last year when he was able to experience a European spring and the floral beauty that goes hand in hand with it at that time of the year. He has agreed to talk to us about the orchids that he saw and photographed.

Remember the raffle and the facility to sell plants at the Sales Table.

We were sad to hear that Eddie Eveleigh died on 8 October. Eddie had been involved in orchids for many years as well as having a great love for and interest in parrots. The “bird project” at Pollsmoor prison was very close to his heart. He made a great contribution to the parrot breeding programme to support the project, as well as giving hours of his time to provide help and advice as it was needed. We send our condolences to his wife, Lynette as well as the rest of his family and friends.
We also extend our condolences to Carol Potgieter whose father also died on 8 October.
Happy birthday to Volkmar Schmidt, Else Hall and Cliff Raven who all celebrate on the 11th October as well as to Vincent McKinnon (12), David Ronaasen (19), Virginia Schmidt (26), Sheila Smith and Frans Gous both on the 28th and Vic Baber(30).


Harold Koopowitz presented a fascinating and well-illustrated talk on the Jewel orchids. These orchids are terrestrial with no tubers and have veined leaves that glisten in the light. They grow in deep shade on the forest floor in the tropical forests of the Old and New World. In cultivation they require cool, moist air and low light…under the benches near an evaporative cooler would be a good spot. Harold advised sinking the pots into coarse gravel, but be very diligent in slug control as these plants are high on the ‘favourites’ list. A good potting mix is 60% pumice chips (split pea size), 10% peat moss, 10% fine vermiculite, 10% rock wool (granulated) and 10% leaf mould.

One of the photographers for the Orchid Digest, James Comstock, also passed on tips to obtain the best results in orchid photography. He chooses a black velvet backdrop and direct lighting from a number of different angles to eliminate any possibility of shadows. The results that he achieves are clean and sharp with a 3-D effect. James’ choice of film would be Fuji provia or Fuji velvia professional if blues and purples predominate.
We were most fortunate to have had the opportunity to hear from these two speakers and extend a very big thank you to both of them.


With Harold at our meeting, he encouraged Members to subscribe to this excellent magazine. Application forms are available from our library or from Carol Potgieter (contact details below). Submit your application without delay and pay the pre-increase rate of US$31.00 p.a. (4 issues).


If you wish to attend the Cape Judging Region meeting, please remember to notify the host in advance. The up-coming dates are:

Saturday 19 October 2002
14h30 – 17h00
Host: Ellie van der Hoven
New Paphiopedilum species and their influence on hybrids
Venue: 35 Nooitgedacht Drive, Hout Bay Tel. no. 021- 790 2433 (a/h)
  Saturday 16 November 2002
14h30 – 17h00
Host: Louis Vogelpoel
Approach to judging unknown species
Venue: 7 Sunnybrae Road, Rondebosch
Tel. no.021 - 686 8098


For those who will receive this via e-mail, this will reach you in time to act as a reminder of the Show dates and times and to PLEASE contact Anton Hoffman
(083 325 7832) with any queries, offers of help etc.


Wednesday 16 October Plant Entries for Judging

Thursday 17 October              

Judging and Staging of Show
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October  Show open to the Public


Ann Gray may be contacted ( ph.785 5568) for any queries related to the Members’ Plant Sales Table.
See you there!.

Your annual subscription account is either included with this newsletter or will be posted to you if you are on e-mail. If at all possible, please renew by the November meeting so that the Membership list can be finalised for the SAOC by the end of December 2002.

The AGM will be held in Magoebaskloof on Saturday 26 October 2002. Nominations have been received for the three retiring Directors – L.Davies, T.Edwards and G.Short as well as for Michael Tibbs and Stan Wedge. No election for Directors will be necessary as there are fewer nominations than vacancies. Proxy Forms for the AGM can be obtained from the Secretary or directly from the SAOC at tel/fax 021 794 6439 or email . Separate proxy forms are to be submitted by each Member wishing to appoint a proxy.

The plan for the next few months is to track the species as they open in nature. Please contact the Chairman Brett Young (ph 685 3673) or Secretary Jenny Ryan (ph 761 4927) for the up to date plans.

- 1st African Orchid Seminar will be in Pretoria on 30 November 2002. It will include 8 – 10 lectures, a display of African orchids, orchid sales and an evening social function. All queries should be directed to Roger Dixon at or ph. 082 4575174.
- SAOC National Conference and Show will be in Pietermaritzburg from 26 – 28 September 2003. The theme is Carte Blanche in Africa.

Pauline and Vincent McKinnon’s Laelia flava ‘Bakro’s Pride’ was the best clone ever seen by our visitor Marc Hachadourian. It was a well grown plant with 10 spikes. Pauline and Vincent’s Laelia lundii was also, in his opinion, one of the best seen and had potential to be considered for an AOS cultural Award.
As a visitor, it was a special treat for Marc to see Louis Vogelpoel’s Satyrium Johanna Augustyn which had 2 lovely spikes.
Sysser Waspe’s Sophrolaelia Little Red Seagull was a beautiful example of the cross and very well grown.
Manfred Waltner’s Stenorrhynchus speciosum was a seedling from Louis Vogelpoel. It was a spectacular show with tomato red/pink flowers and lovely foliage.

PLANT TABLE August 2002
Thank you to our visitor from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, Marc Hachadourian, who gave a fascinating commentary on the plants. We need to hear that others can be excited and impressed by our displays and Members’ achievements!

Vic Baber

Dendrobium kingianum

Dendrobium Nora Tokunaga


Ann Gray

Polystachya  ottoniana ‘Sean’ CCE/SAOC

Masdevallia Angel Frost ‘Highlander’

Masdevallia Gretchen Motto Mother


Anton Hofmann

Vuylstekeara Frans Wichman


Jacques Jefthas

Dendrobium nobile var. virginalis ‘Snowdrop’


Sarie le Roux

Aerangis citrata

Laelia September Song x Laeliocattleya  Trick or Treat ‘Orange Magic’

Sophrolaelia Beautiful Sunset

Brassolaeliocattleya Love sound ‘Dogashima’


George Leyland

Dendrochilum cobbianum

Brassolaeliocattleya Rolf Altenburg Floralia x Laeliocattleya Drumbeat ‘Heritage’


Pauline & Vincent McKinnon

Laelia flava ‘Bakro’s Pride’

Laelia lundii


Ronnie Samuels

Dendrobium kingianum ‘alba’

Paphiopedilum Top Move ‘Vivienne’


Louis Vogelpoel

Bonatea speciosa

Satyrium Johanna Augustyn


Gerry Walden

Ludisia discolor


Manfred Waltner

Stenorrhynchus speciosum

Paphiopedilum malipoense

Coelogyne flaccida

Dendrochilum glumaceum

Dendrobium formosum


Sysser Waspe

Dendrochilum cobbianum

Cattleya intermedia x self ‘Pintada do tenente’

Sophrolaelia Little Red Seagull

Phalaenopsis Maki Watanabe

Phalaenopsis ( Malibu Elf ‘Oudepost’ x Little Fly ‘Oudepost’)

Miltonia Firewater


Plant of the Evening

1st  Laelia flava ‘Bakro’s Pride’  AND Laelia lundii both from Pauline & Vincent McKinnon

2nd Satyrium Johanna Augustyn from Louis Vogelpoel

3rd Sophrolaelia Little Red Seagull from Sysser Waspe

Member’s Choice

Alan Bowley chose Stenorrhynchus speciosum from Manfred Waltner.

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