Wilsonara Lawless Tristan ‘#1’

IMG_4413.jpgI purchased this Wilsonara Lawless Tristan ‘#1’ from the Orchid Zone in my visit to the greenhouses on July 17, 2017.  It was a member of the Tom Perlite collection, and according to the RHS, this orchid was registered in 2004 as a cross between Odontioda Remembrance x Wilsonara Firecracker.

The reason that I purchased this orchid was the brilliant red color, which stood out from the myriad of deteriorating plants at the Orchid Zone.

It is potted in a clay pot with deteriorating sphagnum moss, and I will repot it as soon as it is done blooming.

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Burrageara Stefan Isler

Burrageara.jpgI purchased this Burrageara Stefan Isler (Floricultura x 20) from the Orchid Zone in my visit to their greenhouses on July 17, 2017.  It is planted in a deteriorating bark mix, but has a nice spike with eight flowers.

It is difficult to state the heritage of a Burrageara, as they can have many orchid-types in their ancestry (Oncidium, Odontoglossom, Miltoniopsis, Cochlioda, etc.).  This one had a very nice red color, with a bright yellow lip.

I will repot this into a better mix as soon as it stops blooming.

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Dendrobium Fairfaxii

Fairfaxii072417.jpgI purchased this Dendrobium Fairfaxii from Marni Turkel who sells as mostlyspecies on eBay.  This is a large near-specimen-sized plant, mounted on wood, which is still in bloom with a few flowers.  The length of the plant is approximately 32″.  As usual with this grower, the quality is really good.

Dendrobium Fairfaxii is found in New South Wales at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters in rainforests on trees and the occasional rock as a large to giant sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte.  IOSPE recommends half-sun for the light, and intermediate temperatures.

I attended a lecture by Jeff Tyler (who sells as insituorchids on eBay) at the July Sacramento Orchid Society meeting where he discussed growing outside in the local environment.  One of the orchids that he listed as a possible outside grower was Dendrobium Fairfaxii.  This means that this plant can take warm temperatures, but I will probably keep it hanging in the greenhouse.

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Rodriguezia Venusta

Rodriguezia072417.jpgI purchased this Rodriguezia venusta from Andy’s Orchids who was showing at Orchids in the Park in San Francisco on July 22, 2017.  It is a species of intermediate-warm growing  epiphytic orchid that is found at elevations of 500 too 1800 meters in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.  The Orchid Encyclopedia (IOSPE) recommends half light, and misting daily.  It is currently in bloom with three spikes, each having 10 or more flowers.

It is mounted on a stick, and I will keep it in my solarium until my greenhouse is complete.

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Pcv. Golden Peacock

IMG_4399.jpgI purchased this Procatavola Golden Peacock (Bc. Richard Mueller x Psh. vitellini) from Diamond Orchids, who was showing at the Cal Orchid open house on Friday, July 14, 2017.  A Procatavola is a cross between Brassavola, Cattleya, and Prosthechea.  This is a spring and summer bloomer and an intermediate-warm grower that should do well in my cattleya areas of the solarium and orchid room

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Blc. Solar Flare ‘Paradise’

SolarFlare072417.jpgI purchased this Brassolaeliocattleya Solar Flare ‘Paradise’ from Diamond Orchids, who was showing at the Cal Orchid open house on Friday, July 14, 2017.  It is a small Cattleya-type orchid with yellow markings on largely white flowers.  I will eventually place it high up in my solarium with the other cattleyas.

The flowers are just starting to fade on this plant.  When I purchased it, they did not have the brownish fringe around the edge.

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Oncidium Heaven Scent ‘Redolence’ is in bloom

Resolence072417.jpg I purchased this Oncidium Heaven Scent ‘Redolence’ plant from Gold Country Orchids at the San Jose Orchid Exposition in the first week of June 2015.  It sits in the upper shelf of the east window of the orchid room, and seems to like it there.  This year, it has developed a single spike about 12″ long with 20 flowers.  I transferred it to a bark mix some time ago, and it seems happy.

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