A total of nine plants from seven members graced our table this month. It was good to see such a wide variety of plants and so many members taking part.
Barbara Walus brought in plant Q
Q. Phalaenopsis Sogo Vivien A small-growing hybrid, registered by Sogo Orchids of Taiwan in 1999. Barbara's plant had a number of smallish flowers, each with white petals, blushed and veined with purple, and a deep purple lip. This was her first orchid, which survived despite her not knowing how to look after it.
Bernard and Marian Baldwin brought in plant L
L. Phragmipedium Living Fire A strong plant carrying a single spike with one flower and one bud. The flower was a striking deep red, with an area of yellow speckled with red inside the lip. This hybrid resulted from the crossing of the well-known P. Sorcerer's Apprentice and P. besseae and Bernard and Marian grow it under intermediate to warm conditions.
Brian Gurney brought in plant Y
Y. Burrageara Stefan Isler 'Dos Pinhos' One of the many hybrids commonly sold as a 'cambria orchid', Brian's plant had a single spike of eight dark red flowers, each with a somewhat paler lip. Until recently the ancestry of this hybrid was thought to involve plants from four different genera, but following all the recent name changes in the Oncidium group, it is now considered that they came from only two genera. Because of this, I understand, the correct name is now Oncidopsis Stefan Isler 'Dos Pinhos'.
Colin Thorburn brought in plants J and V
J. Cleisostoma arietinum Found from NE India through Indo-China to Malaysia at altitudes around 500m, this intermediate to warm-growing species is notable for its unusual decurved, terete (circular in cross-section) leaves. Colin sprays his plant several times a day in warm weather and dips it weekly in a bucket of feed. Displayed 'hanging' on his much-used scaffold, the inflorescence bore a number of tiny pale pink flowers with a darker lip.
V. Coelogyne Unchained Melody A plant with a single inflorescence of five flowers which were white with lemon-yellow on the lip. Colin grows it under intermediate conditions. Though labelled C. glandulosa, this plant was in all respects an excellent match for those I have seen named 'C. granulosa' (I have one myself), an invalid name for the hybrid between C. cristata and C. flaccida, the correct name for which is as above. This hybrid occurs naturally in the southern Himalayas and has also been recreated in cultivation. The true C. glandulosa is an entirely different plant from southern India.
Jack and Joan Butcher brought in plant A
A. An unnamed Cattleya hybrid they purchased from V-Flora at the time of the society visit. The four flowers of the inflorescence were dark pink, except for the lip which had a dark yellow centre and a purple edge. The plant was in a clay pot and Jack and Joan say it grows happily in their intermediate to warm house where it is sprayed regularly.
Jean Aldous brought in plant H
H. An unnamed Cymbidium which Jean bought at our autumn show, probably a hybrid but with a strong resemblance to the species C. tracyanum. A large plant with four spikes, the open flowers being yellowish with red veins on the sepals and petals and red spots on the lip. I also detected a pleasant fragrance.
Richard Spalding brought in plants C and T
C. An unnamed cool to intermediate-growing Masdevallia hybrid, an excellent plant with nine flowers. The flowers were yellow with orange tails and orange on the tube. Richard says it has been in his collection for several years (even being photographed for an article in 'Let's Talk' magazine) and flowers every year. In summer he puts it out on his patio in dappled shade every day and every two years he repots it using Ray Creek's shredded coconut husk with added perlite.
T. A smaller plant of the same unknown Masdevallia hybrid, a division of the above, but this time growing in a basket with Christmas cacti. Richard says he got this idea from Kew Gardens.
The results of the voting were: A2, C4, H5, J3, L2, and Q1,
so Jean's excellent Cymbidium carried the day.