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In this issue we feature a new Sarcochilus species from North Queensland that becomes the fifth member of the Sarcochilus ceciliae complex. The other species being Sarcochilus roseus, Sarcochilus eriochilus and Sarcochilus rarus from New Caledonia. The full description is published here, accompanied by numerous photographs and a line drawing. Ironically plants were collected in the 1960s, but never survived to flower in cultivation, and were assumed to be Sarcochilus roseus purely on growth habit. This is the second new Sarcochilus species to be described in the AOR over the past six months (Sarcochilus loganii).

 

Gary Yong Gee is widely regarded in Australia as one of the finest students of species orchids in Australia. Gary is also a superb floral photographer. He has spent a lifetime researching and studying orchid species with a thoughtful and enquiring mind, having travelled around the world to see orchids in the wild and at major international orchid shows, conferences and events. In this issue Gary gives us a photographic tour of some of the standout orchid species on display at the recent World Orchid Conference in Ecuador.

 

Phalaenopsis seem to have become “the orchid” most gardeners now relate to. They are being mass produced in specialised computer-controlled massive greenhouses (the size of football fields and larger!). Superb quality moth orchids in a wide range of colours, sizes and styles are now readily available in most larger retailers in Australia for between $7.50 and $25.00 for plants in full bloom. Many would have been considered award quality here less than a decade ago. The superiority now available essentially voids any quality awards given to Phalaenopsis in Australia. Any further accolades would be considered rewards rather than awards.

 

The orchids exhibited at the Tokyo Dome Show in Japan and the Taiwan International Orchid Show showcase the cutting edge hybrids and elite species in the most popular genera. They have their fingers very much on the pulse on the direction and trends in orchid growing and what the gardening public wants. It’s no surprise that hybrid Cymbidiums have lost much appeal, and are poorly represented in these shows. It’s worth noting that the main Cymbidium journals have now folded, including the local amateurish effort that was always going to be ephemeral. The specialist Cymbidium clubs have suffered because of this. Sadly, and many won’t like reading this, it seems Cymbidiums are on the decline on a global scale. Their progress appears to have stalled.

 

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David Banks

Australian Orchid Review

david@hillsdistrictorchids.com

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