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BOP Orchid Show

The Bay of Plenty Orchid Society’s annual show was held yesterday and today. Champion plant (and an Orchid Council of NZ Award of Merit) went to Brascidostele Gilded Treasure ‘Mystic Maze’ grown by Jeanette Hewer of the Waikato Orchid Society. … Continue reading

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Orchid names: Loddigesii

Orchids containing the name loddigesii are named for a family that pioneered the collection, growing and sale of orchids in Britain in the 19th century. (Joachim) Conrad Loddiges (1738–1826), a German who trained in horticulture in The Netherlands, emigrated to … Continue reading

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Summer-flowering Sarcochilus

Sarcochilus hirticalcar, the ‘harlequin orchid’, is a tropical species discovered in 1966 in the far north of Queensland that has been used to produce a range of summer-flowering Sarcochilus since about 1976. Australian Sarcochilus breeder Neville Roper (1952-2015) liked Sarco hirticalcar for … Continue reading

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What we grow: Bifrenaria

Bifrenaria are a South American species of orchid with about half the 20 or so species coming from Brazil. The sweet scent of the flowers of Bif. harrisoniae, which are on short stems at the base of the pseudobulbs, becomes apparent … Continue reading

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OCNZ Special Merit Award

Congratulations to our vice-president and newsletter editor Barry Curtis who has received a Special Merit Award for Outstanding Culture from the Orchid Council of New Zealand for the plant that was Grand Champion at last year’s Bay of Plenty Orchid Show … Continue reading

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What we grow: Promenaea

By Sandra Simpson My Promenaea orchids have come to me through the club’s annual auction and were not an orchid I knew anything about before putting my hand up to bid! (And that’s the fun of the auction.) The initial … Continue reading

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What we grow: Cattleya loddigesii

By Conrad Coenen In its native habitat in Brazil Cattleya loddigesii grows at elevations of about 600-1200m  either in trees (epiphyte) or on rocks (lithophyte). The plant was given to me by a friend in the Waikato about 12 years … Continue reading

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