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May Table Show


Nine members staged a total of nineteen plants. Must be something of a record for an AGM! Well done everybody.

Barbara Walus brought in plants J and Y
J. Chiloschista viridiflava  One of the not often seen leafless orchids which is native to Nepal and Thailand. It was mounted on a piece of wood and is probably best grown under intermediate conditions. The flowers were yellowish with brown in the centres of the sepals and petals. In such orchids the function of the leaves has been taken over by photosynthetic roots.

Y. Phalaenopsis Sogo Rose  A striking plant with two spikes that was much admired. The flowers were waxy, fragrant and a deep beetroot-purple in colour with an even darker lip. One of the many first-rate hybrids from Sogo Orchids of Taiwan.

Bernard and Marian Baldwin brought in plants U and W
U. Trichopilia tortilis  An intermediate- to warm-growing species from Mexico and most parts of Central America, notable for its spirally twisted sepals and petals. I once saw it in habitat in Belize. Bernard and Marian’s plant was a small one with a single flower, the tubular lip being white with a few pink spots and the sepals and petals greenish mottled with pink.

W. Dendrobium infundibulum  A tall, cane-like plant bearing three large white flowers, each with an orange throat. Suitable for intermediate conditions, this epiphytic or lithophytic species occurs naturally from NE India to Vietnam and needs a more or less dry rest period in winter.

Bernard and Naomi Godding brought in plant L
L. Dendrobium Cassiope  A large plant of this old hybrid with numerous stems. A number of these bore flowers which were white with a purple throat. Bernard and Naomi now keep it on a north-facing windowsill after noting that a number of canes dried out when it was in a more sunny position.

Bryan Adams brought in plants D, E, F, H and I
D. Lycaste David  A strong plant of this Henry Oakeley L. dowiana x L. cruenta hybrid with three open flowers and two buds. The flowers, produced singly from the bases of the pseudobulbs, had a toothpaste-like scent. The sepals were greenish-yellow, the petals yellow and the lip golden-yellow with red bar-like markings on the lateral lobes and callus. As with most of my plants, including all of the following, I keep it under intermediate conditions.

E. Oncidopsis Stefan Isler ‘Dos Pinhos’  Originating from a garden centre as a ‘cambria’ orchid, this plant bore a single long spike of fourteen spicy-scented flowers. The sepals and petals were dark red with some paler mottling, the lip a paler purple-red with orange mottling and a yellow callus and the column white with purple markings.

F. Coelogyne nitida  An easily-grown species native to Nepal, SW China and Indo-China. My plant had four spikes with a total of sixteen very fragrant white flowers. The lip of each had characteristic yellow and orange markings and brown lines on the lateral lobes.

H. Kefersteinia graminea  A small species native to Venezuela and Colombia that I purchased from Orquideas del Valle in 2012. It lacks pseudobulbs and grows in wet mountain forests up to 2,500m, usually on tree trunks. On the day of the table show this plant had four flowers, borne singly from between the leaves at the base. The sepals and petals were pale greenish, densely dotted with red, and the lips were greenish-cream with numerous dark red spots and a larger area of dark red in the centre.

I. Dendrobium fleckeri  A plant with short cane-like stems that came from Andrew Bannister in 2011. A relatively cool-growing species from the mountains of Queensland, Australia, the flowers are borne singly from the stem apices and have a light fragrance. The sepals and petals were orange and the lip white at the base and fringed apex and otherwise pale yellow with red spots.

Colin Thorburn brought in plants A and C
A. Haraella retrocalla  Now reclassified as Gastrochilus retrocallus, this very small plant bore a single flower which was greenish, except for the lip which had a deep maroon centre and two blotches of the same colour at the base. Found throughout Taiwan at a range of elevations, this species can be grown cool, intermediate or warm and should be kept moist at all times.

C. Trichoglottis triflora  The size of Colin’s plants seems to be on a distinctly downward trend these days but this was an undeniably attractive mounted miniature with two spikes of tiny flowers, each again with greenish sepals and petals but this time a white lip.  A warm-growing species from Indo-China that should be sprayed frequently in warm weather.

David Welch brought in plant N
N. Sophrolaeliocattleya Jewel Box ‘Scheherazade’  An old, compact US hybrid that David has had for eleven years. He keeps it under intermediate conditions and has found it is easy to grow and flowers regularly. The plant on the table had a spike of three deep red flowers, each with a touch of yellow in the throat. Following recent changes the correct name is now Cattlianthe Jewel Box ‘Scheherazade’.

Jack and Joan Butcher brought in plant O
O. Barkeria spectabilis  A strong young plant of this attractive species which occurs in fairly dry areas from Mexico to Nicaragua. The single flower was white with a pink blush and purple spots on the lip. The plant was another seedling from Andy Bannister a couple of years ago and Jack and Joan have found it has done well under intermediate conditions and potted in Ray Creek’s coconut fibre. It should be given a more or less dry rest in winter when it will tend to lose at least some of its leaves.

Richard Spalding brought in plants M, P, S and X
M. Masdevallia unnamed hybrid.  For some reason I omitted to make any notes about this one but Richard reports it has been in his collection for some years and flowers on and off in most months. He recommends masdevallias to beginners though admits keeping them cool enough in summer can be a difficulty.

P. Masdevallia caudata  One of the prettiest of the masdevallias, this species is found naturally in the cloud forests of Venezuela and Colombia, which gives a strong indication of its cultural needs. Richard obtained his plant at the RHS show in London and has found it flowers well. The four blooms it had produced in time for our table show had whitish lateral sepals, very heavily spotted with mauve and a greenish dorsal sepal, veined with purple.

S. Zygopetalum unnamed hybrid.  A nice strong plant with a single spike of three large flowers. According to Richard he grows this plant under the same conditions as his masdevallias and the flowers are fragrant at times and last six to eight weeks. The sepals were green, mostly covered with brown, the petals were green, veined with purple and the lips were white with a purple base and veins.

X. Masdevallia Prince Charming  A large, dense plant with about eight deep red-brown open flowers; an old M. angulata x M. veitchiana hybrid. Richard has had it for several years but notes it has flowered much better since he treated his greenhouse to some 50% aluminium shading.

And then there was...
V. Dendrobium chrysotoxum  A good plant with four pseudobulbs and a large spike of numerous golden-yellow flowers, each with an orange blush and red veins at the base of the lip. Found from NE India to Indo-China, this species should grow well under intermediate conditions and requires a more or less dry rest in the winter. Sorry, I have not found a data sheet for this plant and failed to note the exhibitor.

The results of the voting were: C4, E3, J2, O1, P1, S1, V3, X1, Y3 and W1 so, in quite a change from the large cattleyas which have been frequent winners in recent months, Colin’s diminutive trichoglottis (gastrochilus) just managed to nose ahead. Some members obviously have very keen eyesight or used the magnifier thoughtfully provided!

Bryan Adams

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