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Orchid Hybrid Trivia
The total number of grex names in the register is currently 154,660 (as of now). This figure increases daily. Each year The International Orchid Register adds between 3000-4000 new hybrids.
The most popular genera for hybrids are:
Phalaenopsis — 31,382
Paphiopedilum — 23,871
Cymbidium — 14,688
Dendrobium — 11,910
So far there are about 2349 hybrid generic names, but not all of these are in use.
There are about 5,600 species involved in hybridization.
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Sharing Your Love of Orchids with Kids
by Sandy Stubbings, AOS Education Committee
The Houston Orchid Society created a “Photo Wall” to stand at the corner of our orchid show and catch people’s attention. The Kid’s Corner consisted of a table of activities and a hanging vinyl photo (4’ x 6’) of an orchid. The vinyl poster hung from a photographers frame and had the center cut out of one of the flowers for children’s (or adult’s) faces. Parents or friends took photos of their children’s/friends faces in the flowers. This month I will include detailed instructions so your club can create this very successful activity.
How to make your own Photo Wall. Requirements: Supervision, a photograph, a stepstool and a standing frame.
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Select a photo with good resolution at least a 16mp digital photo (about 68 dpi or more.) Portrait orientation works best. It allows adults behind without having to crouch too low and hides the body of the person. The flower in the photo must face the camera directly. The flower must be full enough so that it completely surrounds the oval cut out (with no background showing on the oval.) When printed the flower needs to be big enough so that the face sized cut out only takes out the very center. Most of the flower should still be visible.
Have it blown up to 4” x 6” and printed on vinyl. (It can then be rolled for storage and travel.) A pocket across the top and the bottom will allow for hanging from a frame and weighting the base. We used a “photographers’ frame” that a club member no longer needed for his exhibit backdrops. If necessary, a frame can be constructed economically using PVC pipes.
Cut the oval hole using a craft knife from the center of the flower big enough for a face to fit in (approximately 5 X 7 inches.) ideally it should be in the top half of the photo.
A sign asking “Please Do Not Touch the Photo” is a big help as kids will try to grab onto the sides of the hole.
We also supplied a ...
The Orchids of Marie Selby
by Arthur Chadwick
, which is considered extinct in its
native Ecuador, is commonly found in orchid collect-
ions today thanks to the conservation efforts of
Gardens. Photo: Arthur E. Chadwick.
The mission statement of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is “to promote an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.” Selby has one the world’s largest living collections of epiphytic plants.
Visitors are treated to a hot and steamy experience – waterfalls and well-established tropical plants. The orchids displayed are not common – they are mostly species from the jungle and many are obscure. In some cases, few examples exist in nature. There are not banks of cascading phalaenopsis clones or groupings of mass-produced oncidiums. Selby wouldn’t be caught dead with a ‘dyed’ orchid in their conservatory. This is a setting for purists – those who appreciate the finer aspects of orchids. It is common to see orchids that are normally only found in books.
Their plant tags are color-coded and contain not only the proper botanical name and country of origin but also the relative importance of each plant:
- Green – for display but not of any great scientific value (hybrids for example).
- Gold – for scientific collections.
- Red – very rare and likely a ‘type’ plant for the species.
Marie Selby was the widow of retired oil executive William Selby. In 1971, she left a special trust to create and maintain a public botanical garden on her 7 acre scenic estate in Sarasota, Florida. Today, Selby Gardens has grown to 16 acres on Sarasota Bay that is enjoyed by over 150,000 visitors annually.
Selby is dedicated to research and collection of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads. A significant portion of their plants are documented species collected from native habitats. There is even an Orchid Research Center that...
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Last year we published our third annual magazine supplement, Cycnoches, Species and Hybrids, written by George Carr. Once again it was a huge success and we received many letters of praise. The 40-page, separately bound magazine became a "13th issue" for volume number 81 and mailed with the October issue of Orchids. We are especially pleased to report that most of the cost of producing the supplement was underwritten by small donations from the membership of the AOS. This spirit of cooperation enforced the power behind the concept of micropayments.
For 2013, we have an excellent topic that is sure to be of interest to orchid
growers. We are working to continue improving the overall quality of this
annual publication to make it a valued addition to your library. This year the supplement will mail with the October issue of Orchids and once again we appeal to the membership to make a small donation to help underwrite the cost of production.
If each member of the AOS donates merely $2.00...two bucks...we will have
enough to publish this special 32-page supplement and cover the increased cost
of mailing with the regularly scheduled magazine. Two dollars is not even the
cost of a cup of coffee.
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Photo of the Week
Dendrobium pugioniforme is a species from Australia. I grow it in a 4-inch slatted, wood basket with just a few pieces of orchid bark. It is also known as the dagger orchid because of the shape of the petals. It has about 50 lima bean-size blooms with a tremendous fragrance.
Photo and text © Charles Boco
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