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I am currently reading Orchid Fever by Eric Hansen. More on that later, but suffice to say for now that I am quite shocked at the underbelly of the orchid world, particularly with regards to stories and events surrounding orchid trade and greenhouse raids.
A letter to the editor of The Indian Express notes that an orchid has been named after Kalpana Chawla, an astronaut who was killed in the space shuttle Columbia accident in February 2003. The orchid, Brassocattleya Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, was developed by Keshab C. Pradhan, Former Chief Secretary, Sikkim. You can read a Wikipedia article about Kalpana Chawla, though it does not mention the orchid. The Royal Horticultural Society lists the new hybrid in its March - May 2003 Registrations as a cross of C. Hawaiian Wedding Song x Bc. Professor Yashpal.
bloom. Here is a picture of the whole plant.
This weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle published a review of a new novel by Michelle Wan (Doubleday: 0385514573), entitled Deadly Slipper. The novel is set in Dordogne, a forested region of southwestern France, where the main character's sister had disappeared 19 years earlier while on an orchid hunting expedition. According to the review, "neither these stock characters nor the predictable plot is the main course. What really compels Wan -- and may well snare her readers -- are the orchids hidden in these hills and the marvelous food issuing from their stone-walled kitchens."
The Vietnam News Agency reported yesterday that three species of Paphiopedilum "have recently been identified in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in central Quang Binh province." The short article does not give much information on exact species, but states that the plants have "been listed in the World Conservation Union Red List of threatened species." The article also states that the "slipper orchids were first found in central coastal Khanh Hoa province in 1922 but populations were quickly exhausted. They were discovered again in 1996 in Khanh Hoa province and northern mountainous Cao Bang province. Later they were believed to be extinct due to severe hunting."
web site, except the colours are a bit more reddish/brown/burgundy rather than pink. There are many plants with flower buds in the forested area where we found the orchids, but it seems that something likes to come along and chomp the bud tips off before the orchid has a chance to bloom. You can see evidence of the tip eaten off in the picture I took this morning of the only plant with surviving blooms.
Susan Taylor, BellaOnline's Orchids Editor, posted a growing tip today for cattleyas: "Remove dried sheaths from Cattleya Alliance orchids".
An article in the Taiwan News Online today states that:
Orchid shows that judge orchids by fragrance are apparently still quite uncommon in the United States, according to this article from the Baton Rouge Advocate in Louisiana. "Here, judges with the American Orchid Society will be judging the bloom fragrances for intensity and pleasantness...The judges will be judging in two categories: daytime and nighttime fragrances." The 26th annual Baton Rouge Orchid Society show is happening this Saturday and Sunday.
I've been checking the corpse orchid webcam every few days or so. The flowers are now described as a "brilliant blood red". A lengthy update was posted today indicating that tomorrow would be the last day for the corpse orchid webcam, but that they intend to use the webcam to monitor other orchid bloomings in the future. According to the American Orchid Society this is the first time anyone has used a webcam to document the flowering of an orchid.
I've been trying to understand a bit more about foot-candles tonight to try and find the right amount of light for the Coelogyne clipping I got a couple of weeks ago. The leaves are supposed to be dark green, and were light green when I got it, but are even lighter green now, with a burnt tip on one of them. There is a gorgeous picture of a Coelogyne cristata in bloom here, with fabulously green leaves. Anyways, I have moved it to a different location with hopefully less light, which I think is what it needs.
I stumbled upon this Dactylorhiza fuchsii while viewing "Kilt Rock" on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. A bright discovery on a dreary day! I identified the orchid from Wild Flowers (by John Akeroyd), a floral guide of north-western Europe which can be easily found on amazon.ca.