Archive for July, 2009

Chinatown Point Stamp Fair Jul/Aug 2009

Posted in 2009, Events happening around the region, Singapore with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by orchideae

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Event : Chinatown Point Stamp Fair
Duration : Current – 5 Aug 2009
Venue : Chinatown Point , Singapore
(Subjected to changes of the Organiser)

It is at the main podium of Chinatown point.

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Some of the orchids and flora philatelic items spotted at the show.

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Chinatown Point Mini Bonsai Fair

Posted in 2009, Events happening around the region, Singapore with tags , , on July 24, 2009 by orchideae

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Event : Chinatown Point Mini Bonsai Fair
Duration : Current – 5 Aug 2009
Venue : Chinatown Point , Singapore

It is at the other side of Chinatown point at the podium of the Singapore handicraft centre.

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Dendrobium dantaniense

Posted in Dendrobium, Orchids with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by orchideae

Dendrobium dantaniense is found in Thailand and Vietnam. It is a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, clustered, canes with 4 to 6 oblong to lanceolate leaves that blooms on a short inflorescence arising from the nodes near the apex of the cane. The tightly clustered flowers occurring usually from the transition of cooler to warmer weather. It flowers sporadically in Singapore.

The flowers are round 1 cm. The sepals and petals are light yellow with longitudinal dots along the veins, lip orangy yellowish with some hints of purple.

People also call this plant as Dendrobium alterum but this should be another dendobium which in similar in appearance.

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This is an almost flavescens form.

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This is an almost flavescens form.

Johor Bahru International Orchid & Bonsai Show 2009

Posted in 2009, Events happening around the region, Malaysia with tags , on July 20, 2009 by orchideae

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Event : Johor Bahru International Orchid & Bonsai Show 2009
Duration : Aug 6 – 9 2009
Venue : Danga Bay, Johor Bahru
Johor
(Subjected to changes of the Organiser)

Grammatophyllum speciosum

Posted in Grammatophyllum, Orchids with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2009 by orchideae

Grammatophyllum speciosum, the largest orchid plant in the world is a native orchid of Singapore. Grammatophyllum speciosum is commonly known as known as Tiger orchid because of the markings on the flowers which resemble the stripes of a tiger. This dramatic, beautiful fragrant orchid is extremely rare if not already extinct in the wild in Singapore. It was last found in Tuas and Pulau Ubin (Ridley, 1900). One interesting fact to note that the lower flowers are abnormal looking. It usually has two sepals, two petals. no lip and an abortive column. Speculations that this occurence is to attract a certain pollinator for this beauty.

In the wild, the plant is usually found on the fork of the trees. It is seldom found on higher branches as a mature plant can weight more than 1 ton and these branches would not be able to substain the heavy load.

The conservation efforts by the National parks to re-introduce the plant to the City are showing results, a number of the plants they planted are surviving. It would be a few more years before they would bloom. Some of the introduced areas include Pulau Ubin, Orchard Road, Alexandra Road and some of the parks in the heartland.

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 1”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 1”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 1”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 1”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 1”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 2”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 2”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 2”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 2”

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 2” side profile of the lower flower

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Grammatophyllum speciosum “Form 2” lower flower

Dendrobium senile

Posted in Dendrobium, Orchids with tags , , on July 16, 2009 by orchideae

Dendrobium senile is found in Myanamar, Thailand and Laos. It has white hairy, succulent-like psuedobulbs which is different from most other dendrobiums. It grows well in Singapore with control watering. It produces fragrant yellow flowers which last for a approximately 3 weeks.

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