From the Editor’s Desk....   


The Tinonee Orchids Workshop, Open Day and Show will take place on the weekend of 8-9 July 2017. Tinonee is a ten minute drive on sealed roads west of Taree, on the mid North Coast of New South Wales. This is the 23rd year of this major social event on the orchid calendar. Saturday is Speaker’s Day with a free Orchid Workshop (and sausage sizzle) that features some of Australia’s best, well known and most knowledgeable speakers. The panel includes Sam Cowie (Leaf & Limb Nursery), Scott Barrie (Barrita Orchids), Michael Harrison (Macquarie Native Orchids), David Banks (Hills District Orchids), John Roberts (long term orchid grower and ANOS & AOC Judge) as well as the host Ray Clement (Tinonee Orchid Nursery). Attendees will be educated and entertained throughout the day with practical demonstrations and in-depth discussions and visual presentations. At the conclusion, there will also be an open forum where participants can ask any orchid related question. Attendance is free, but spots are limited. Please phone the nursery on 02 6553 1012 to secure your seat. The day is also co-sponsored by the AOR. The Show is on the Sunday, with plant sales over both days. Lock in the dates, and make a weekend of it in the picturesque Manning Valley.


In March 2017, Sarcochilus dilatatus ‘Lily’ became the first Sarcochilus species to be awarded a First Class Certificate by two different judging panels and systems. Bill Dobson’s superb plant of this uncommon native species was a fine example in pristine condition. Read Bill’s account of this twig-epiphyte as well as an in depth story on this species by Gerry Walsh (“the Rock Lily Man”), who has studied thousands of orchids in the wild over many decades. 


Scott Barrie from Barrita Orchids discusses a few of his new early-flowering intermediate Cymbidium hybrids. These plants make wonderful pot plants, with well presented flowers on plants with compact foliage.  


Sam Cowie is back with his Orchid Road Tests. In this issue Odontocidium Catatante is discussed in conjunction with the original hybridiser.


As always, we proudly have ongoing content on the latest in Australian native orchids, with more new species now described here than any other publication. A number of new Prasophyllum species (leek orchids) are formally described. This content on indigenous terrestrial orchids has been written by a panel of recognised experts in their field including the prolific David Jones, with Robert Bates, Dean Rouse, Chris French and Alan Stephenson.   


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