Even though we are now into summer, support for the table show continues to be strong with ten members staging a total of eighteen plants.
Barbara Walus brought in plants L and S
L. Phalaenopsis Yungho Gelb Canary X P. Su-An Cricket A plant with two spikes, one with a fragrant pale greenish flower. The lip and column were paler than the petals and the lip had a yellow callus. This particular hybrid has been registered with the RHS as P. Ho’s Dreamy Jade.
S. Phalaenopsis chibae A recently described, warm-growing species from Vietnam. Barbara’s small plant had most attractive, exceptionally dark green leaves and a single spike with two flowers. The quite small flowers were yellowish with red markings.
Bernard and Marian Baldwin brought in plants A, C and J
A. Thunia Gattonensis An old Sir Jeremiah Colman hybrid which Bernard and Marian grow intermediate to cool. We saw it last year when it had only one flowering stem. This time, two cane-like stems were each topped by a spike of four flowers. The sepals and petals were almost white and the lip prominently purple-pink veined, with many yellow papillae.
C. Ansellia africana The ‘leopard orchid’ one of the best-known of the African species, occurring in many tropical and southern parts of that continent. I, myself, have seen it forming large cymbidium-like masses on palm trees along the Kenyan coast. Needless to say, it likes plenty of light and warmth. Bernard and Marian’s plant had a spike of nine yellowish-green flowers, with maroon spots on the sepals and petals and reddish veins on the lateral lobes of the lip.
J. Angulocaste Olympus A Wyld Court hybrid combining Anguloa clowesii with Lycaste virginalis and L. cruenta. The plant shown had two large, bright yellow, upward facing flowers with some deep red at the base of lip and column. I believe it to be deciduous, requiring a dry winter rest.
Brian Gurney brought in plant Z
Z. Disa Kewensis An old primary hybrid between D. uniflora and D. tripetaloides that has been widely used in the creation of other hybrids. It was registered as long ago as 1893 and, as the name implies, it originated from Kew Gardens. Plants of this grex come in a variety of colours and, in this case, they were basically pink. Brian keeps his plant standing in water under his car port and renews the water every day.
Bryan Adams brought in plants D, E and F
D. Bifrenaria aureofulva Originating from mountain forests in SE Brazil, this species has one-leaved pseudobulbs and resembles a small stanhopea when not in flower. My plant is rarely without flowers in the summer months. On the day of our meeting it had four spikes, two with open flowers which were a burnt-orange colour with red-brown veins on the inside.
E. Zygonisia unnamed hybrid I purchased this from a garden centre as Zygolum Louisendorf but it is clearly not that and I believe it is, instead, a hybrid between a zygopetalum and Aganisia cyanea, which makes it a zygonisia. The single spike had three flowers with a spicy fragrance. The sepals and petals were white with a blush of blue, a hint of green and dark blue blotches. The lips and columns were strongly marked and veined with dark blue, also on a white ground.
F. Lycaste xytriophora A cool- to intermediate-growing, deciduous species found in montane forests from Costa Rica to Ecuador. The two open flowers had pale greenish sepals, heavily overlain with pale brown, creamy-white petals and a pale yellow lip with red veins at the base. Being deciduous, it needs to be kept dry in winter when it is leafless.
Colin Thorburn brought in plants X and Y
X. Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi A widespread and variable warm-growing, shade-loving species that occurs in nature from Indo-China to the Philippines and Borneo. It is easily recognised by its flattened, branching flower spikes. Colin’s plant, which he obtained from A A Orchids, had two of these, one with four flowers. The sepals and petals were greenish with maroon bars and the lip mid-lobes were white.
Y. Phalaenopsis Pinlong Cheris An attractive hybrid registered by Today Tropical Nursery in 1999. A single spike held seven scented flowers which were white with a pink/purple blush toward the centre of the petals and on the column. Each lip had a yellow callus. This plant came from Yi Ching Fang Biotech in Taiwan and was deflasked in 2010.
David Welch brought in plant T
T. Vanda Samson Blue I think this should be V. Sansai Blue, a well known V. coerulea hybrid that I believe originated from Thailand. The single spike had six large, deep blue and white tessellated flowers. David has had the plant for a number of years and keeps it in the top of his greenhouse.
Derek Barwick brought in plant N
N. Masdevallia unnamed hybrid A nice clean plant which Derek bought at the London show last year. His grandson happened to the label! The two open flowers were golden-yellow with reddish tails and red hairs in the tube.
Jack and Joan Butcher brought in plant H
H. Podangis dactyloceras A rarely seen miniature species from tropical Africa that is said to like warm conditions; Jack and Joan’s plant is obviously happy in their intermediate house, hanging inside their propagator with the lid kept open to allow good air movement. They currently have it potted in Ray Creek’s coconut husk compost. The two starburst-like spikes of translucent white flowers were most unusual.
Jean Gregory brought in plant V
V. Vanda unnamed hybrid Like most of the hybrids in this genus, this one no doubt needs plenty of light, warmth and humidity. Jean keeps it in a south-facing bathroom window which obviously suits it well. The single spike bore eight flowers, the colour of which I would describe as a mottled deep magenta.
Richard Spalding brought in plants M, P and U
M, P and U. Disa hybrids: D. Noyo ‘Eva May’ (blood red), D. Kewensis ‘Yellow Sylvia’ (orange with a yellow lip) and D. Louise Bee ‘Peach Delight’ (peach). In all cases the lip was paler than the rest of the flower and was adorned with red spots or veins. Richard continues to have mixed results with this tricky genus. He does all the usually recommended things but still finds root rot a major problem. Using a UV light to sterilise the water he uses has not resulted in any great improvement thus far.
The results of the voting were: A1, D1, F4, H1, J3, N1, T1, V2 and X1, making my lycaste the winner by a whisker. An unexpected result but I’ll take it!