What’s Flowering in April

The SSOS April Members Virtual Vote competition saw 53 entries by 13 club members who competed in Novice (24 entries), Intermediate (19 entries) and Open Sections (10 entries). It is a time of the year to see Cattleya and Laelia hybrids begin to flower. Below some of the images which members provided for the competition. View all entries at our April 2022 page on our What’s Flowering section of our website.

Novice Section

Intermediate Section

Open Section

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April Showers? No, Its April Flowers

The SSOS April Members Virtual Vote competition saw 53 entries by 13 club members who competed in Novice (24 entries), Intermediate (19 entries) and Open Sections (10 entries). It is a time of the year to see Cattleya and Laelia hybrids begin to flower. The winners are:

Open Section: Cattleya Elizabeth Calov #1 [Grower: C Trainor]
Intermediate Section: Cattleya Rlc Golden Kaleidoscope x Rlc Brunswick Gem Coral [Grower: J Summers] and
a two-way tie in Novice between Coelogyne Colmanii [Grower: M fraraccio] and Miltonia bluntii [Grower: A Randle]

Well done everyone!

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What’s Flowering in March

At the beginning of March SSOS held its first in-house flowering competition and towards the end of the month, its March virtual voting competition.

  • March appears to be a time to see miltonias, rossioglossums and masdevallias in flower, as well as some early cymbidiums in flower. Here is a sample of what flowered. To view all, go to our What’s Flowering in 2022 – March page.

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Our April Meeting | Results

Members of the SSOS met at the N.G. Wishart Hall, Moorabbin on Wednesday, 6th April 2022. The topic for the evening was a member’s Q&A, with many vexing questions which were answered under the guidance of Craig Trainor and/or our fellow members. The following are the winners for the night.

Novice:

Intermediate:

Open:

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The Winners March

Another virtual voting competition has been and gone, and once again SSOS members found it difficult to agree on which flowering orchid was best (especially in Novice section) but it’s time to announce the winners:

  • Open Section: Paphiopedilum dianthum (‘P&R’ x Mostachio Pete) – [Grower: C Trainor]
  • Intermediate Section: Masdevallia ‘Dazzler Ruth’ [Grower: S Craven]

But, it was a four-way tie for Novice Section entries.

  • Dendrobium speciosum alba [Grower: A Randle]
  • Cattleya Hawaiian Wedding Song ‘Virgin’ [Grower: M Fraraccio]
  • Beallara Memoria ‘Donald Yamada’ [Grower: J Derham]
  • Rossioglossum Grande ‘Kings Park’ x ‘Leanne’ [Grower: J Derham]

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Winners of First In-House Competition for 2022

On Wednesday 2nd March, 2022, SSOS held its first in-house meeting for the year. The judges results for the night resulted with:

  • Best in Open Section and the Judges Vote: Cattleya Pumila ‘Coerulea’ [Grower: C Trainor]
  • Best in Intermediate Section: Epi Comet Valley ‘Orange’ [Grower: S Craven
  • Best in Novice Section: LC Bernadine Kennedy ‘White Jewel’ [Grower: V Hayes]

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February is an Epi Time at SSOS

The February virtual competition for 2022 was again, a ‘quiet’ time for flowering orchids, but still a time to see a few more gongora and stanhopea flowers. Apart from some other unusual orchids, it is a sunny time of the year and a good flowering time for epi’s or epidendrums, of various colours. Members provided 45 wonderful flowering orchids which made for difficult decisions when voting.

  • There were plenty of Epi’s to choose from
  • And some more unusual summertime flowering orchids

Visit the February Flowering page to see all 45 entries.

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Three of the Best From Our February Contest

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society ran its members-only February virtual voting contest and as usual, there were lots of orchids to choose from. Below are the winners by member section.

Novice Section: Stanhopea tigrina [Grower:A Randle]
Intermediate Section: Burrageara ‘Nelly Isler’ [Grower: S Craven]
Open Section: Cattleya Jungle Bean ‘Velvet Lip’ [Grower: C Trainor]

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January Flowering Orchids

The first competition for 2022 was a member’s virtual voting competition. Members provided 48 wonderful flowering orchids which made for difficult decisions when voting. Here is an example of the wide variety shown in January.

Visit the January Flowering page to see all 48 entries.

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The Outstanding Stanhopea

Stanhopea orchids are also known as the ‘upside-down orchid’, as they flower from the bottom of a hanging basket. These beauties shown here, have had a wonderful time flowering in Melbourne this year. The humid conditions in a normally dry-heat summer climate in Melbourne has turned these into wonderful flowering beauties.

  • Here are thirteen stanhopeas which featured in our January 2022 virtual voting competition.
  • The Stanhopea nigroviolacea species orchid, as indicated above, is native to the eastern slopes of the Mexican plateau at 1200-2000 metres. It produces two or three massive flowers each up to 17cm across. The nigroviolacea is the heaviest of all orchid flowers and its powerful vanilla perfume would fill a room – or empty it, depending on your perfume predilection!
  • Stanhopea tigrina (as shown above), is another species, first discovered around Mexico and Guatemala in 1839. This flower is clearly distinct with dotted tiger stripes.
  • The Stanhopea Spindleriana is an orchid hybrid originated by Spindler in 1890. It is a crossing of Stanhopea oculata x and Stanhopea tigrina. It is considered a “primary hybrid”, because it is a cross between two species. Highly fragrant, its perfume is a heady mix between vanilla and marshmallow.
  • The Stanhopea oculata is an elegant species that occurs in mountain forests at 1000-3000 metre elevations at a long sequence from Mexico through central America to Brazil. Its leopard-like spotting is recognizable by the slender, bent hypochile, with a clear internal right-angle.
  • Bellarensis is a hybrid of Stanhopea oculata and Stanhopea insignis. Insignis is a Brazilian species, which shows two or three big fleshy flowers, to 14cm across; sometimes a positive yellow, with red-purple and; often described as having a scent similar to that of licorice. It first flowered in Kew (UK) in 1828.

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  • The descriptions provided above are from Barney Greer’s The Astonishing Stanhopeas: The Upside-down orchids. (Publ. Sydney 1998)
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