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 November 2014
First Lady Cattleyas
No Greenhouse Needed
Big-Lipped Phals

Now Accepting:
Proposals for Orchid Conservation and Research Projects


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American Orchid Society Fall Members' Meeting
October 29 - November 2, 2014

Paph. Macabre 'Miami' AM/AOS
Exhib: Krull-Smith Landscapes
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It's still not too late to register for the American Orchid Society Fall Members' Meeting! This year meetings will be held at the Sheraton Orlando North in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the 16th International Slipper Orchid Symposium. Registrants will be able to attend meetings of several orchid specialty groups as well as a full program of exciting lectures. Unlimited entrance to the spectacular AOS judged show is included in full registration. More than a dozen vendors will be selling orchids for every taste. If you have limited time or live locally, consider choosing events á la carte. Don't miss this opportunity expand your network of orchid friends. If you have never been to an AOS Members' Meeting, take the plunge. You won't regret it!

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Call for Nominations: Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society

We are seeking nominations for members of the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society. Members may nominate any member in good standing, including themselves. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee and a slate will be mailed, in accordance with the by-laws, prior to the election at the Members’ Meeting in the spring of 2015. The following competencies have been determined by the Board and Trustees and will be used in the evaluation:

All nominees shall be:
  • A member in good standing,
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior,
  • Process strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Have board experience with a non-profit organization
Expertise in the following is desirable and will weigh heavily in the evaluation:
  • Finance, business, and/or investment strategies
  • Non-profit governance
  • Development/fund raising
  • Legal background
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Marketing
  • Attend monthly conference-call type meetings.
  • Attend two face-to-face meetings annually (trustees must pay own travel expenses.).
  • Trustees receive no compensation for their services.
  • Financially support the organization in a manner commensurate with one’s ability, while seeking additional financial support elsewhere.
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization and be ambassadors to the orchid community.
Nominations should be submitted in writing by e-mail to or to the — American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156 and must include biographical information as well as a statement of the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be receieved no later than October 31, 2014.

Introducing the Total Solution for Awards Research

Now available in a new stand-alone version, Orchids Plus® is the official awards and research program of the American Orchid Society. For several years AQ Plus® subscribers have enjoyed the convenience of Orchids Plus® Online. This new version replaces AQ Plus® and installs on your computer giving you access to the award database with or without the internet. Updates are done with the click of a button over your broadband connection.
Now you can research AOS awards back to 1932 from anywhere.

Need to quickly find out whether a grex has received any awards? Launch Orchids Plus® Online on your smartphone. Researching awards at venues without internet access? Use the new stand-alone version on your laptop. The familiar user interface of both makes it easy to quickly get the information you are looking for. A single subscription lets you research award descriptions, measurements and photos anywhere in the world, anytime, on any device.

Easy installation of the stand-alone version will have you up and running in no time. A digital user manual covers the basics plus tips to enhance the user experience. Our online help desk provides answers to many frequently asked questions. Competitively priced annual subscription plan costs less than $5 per month.

Orchids Plus® is a must for the dedicated orchid grower! Visit our information page for screenshots and a video, or buy now here...

Our fifth magazine supplement on Stanhopea written by Rudolf Jenny, will mail this week along with the November issue of ORCHIDS! We thank all the many contributors who vote with their donations for continued publication of this special feature. What sbega as a way to publish an article that was too big for a regular issue of ORCHIDS has become an eagerly anticipated bonus issue of the year. A separate publication gives us the opportunity to present a monograph to our members each year without compromising the general interest of the monthly issues. We continually strive to improve the quality of the supplement giving AOS members a valuable addition to their orchid libraries.

Our 2015 supplement is already in the planning stages and we hope to be able mail it sometime next summer. We appreciate your continued support. Please select "Annual Magazine Supplement" as donation type.

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 Photo of the Week
Disa baurii Disa baurii

This species was, until recently, considered to be in a seperate genus called Herschelianthe but has now been included in Disa. It is commonly called the "Blue Disa". The most distinguishing part of this species is the color, a deep to sky blue. The lip is often darker and can be purple.

Photo © Margaret Westrop

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