From the Editor’s Desk....   


Again we have a couple of significant articles on Cymbidiums in this issue. We welcome contributions and major show reports from the remaining state Cymbidium clubs and societies. Peter Rochfort continues a discussion on genetic malformations in Cymbidium flowers, plus a feature on Royale Orchids that continue to trade at Peats Ridge on the Central Coast of New South Wales.


Many Cymbidium enthusiasts had been critical of the coverage their favourite orchids were receiving in the AOR. It was hoped that this increase in content would convert to an increase in subscriptions, but this has yet to happen. It’s very hard to please all orchidists, every issue. Sadly there seems to be so much negativity. I can only consider publishing material that is submitted to me. Yet many seem to be happy to leave the writing and promotion of orchids to “someone else”. The national Cymbidium clubs no longer have a publication to promote their hobby. They left the AOR after being hoodwinked by an individual who promised them the world, but dismally failed to deliver. Australian Cymbidium Scene ran from only 2012 to 2017, and was like a local club newsletter, with a bit of colour. They had no idea it would only plod along for a few years! Sadly, during that time, the Cymbidium clubs lost touch with the gardening public, as this rebel publication catered only for existing society members, who would be attending the shows anyway! The ball is back in their court...... Perhaps “Cymbidiums Australia” may become a feature of the AOR again soon?


The primary hybrid Dockrillia Tweetie (as it was originally published) was registered by Australian orchid hybridist Phil Spence with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in December 2002. The parentage was recorded as Dockrillia fuliginosa (seed parent) and Dockrillia convoluta (pollen parent). It was named Tweetie as a mark of respect to the late Audrey Madden, who was heavily involved with both the OSNSW and Orchid SPECIES (NSW) societies. Tweetie was the affectionate nickname given to Audrey by her husband Vic. However there is a bit of controversy surrounding the actual parentage and this is addressed in this issue, with photographs and other information as supporting evidence.


More subscribers will keep our costs and subscription prices down. You can check your renewal date on the address flyer. It is getting ever closer to the time that we will no longer be selling in newsagents, so the AOR will only be available by subscription only. Support the nurseries and events that advertise with us. Show the magazine to orchid and gardening friends or your local society or club, encourage them to subscribe! As you all know, many longstanding and popular gardening magazines are no longer around, due to the digital/online age we live in. Yet these same people are all up in arms when such specialist magazines cease to exist. It’s a two way thing; support the businesses (and magazines) that support the orchid fraternity. We also welcome original articles (with photos) for publication consideration. Maybe now is a good time to check if your subscription is still current. J Remember you can subscribe or renew your subscription to the Australian Orchid Review online on our secure website at


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David Banks

Australian Orchid Review

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