Archive for the Orchids Category

Spathoglottis eburnea

Posted in Orchids, Spathoglottis with tags , , on September 18, 2011 by orchideae

Spathoglottis eburnea is a terrestrial and is found in parts of Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. This plant produces an arching cluster of pendulous flowers. The flowers are around 2.5 cm wide and has an intricate ivory colour petals and sepals.

This beautiful plant be grown and flower in Singapore. This plant seem to be deciduous in nature. It sheds its leaves before flowering. It is grown on a piece of fern bark instead of the sand/ soil mixture for typical spathoglottis.

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Plant of Spathoglottis eburnea.

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Dimension of the flower of Spathoglottis eburnea.

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Dimension of the flower of Spathoglottis eburnea.

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Dimension of the flower of Spathoglottis eburnea.

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Flowers of Spathoglottis eburnea.

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Side view of flowers of Spathoglottis eburnea.

Vanda Miss Joaquim aka Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim

Posted in Orchids, Vanda with tags , on August 19, 2011 by orchideae

Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim no doubt the first hybrid to be registered by the female orchid hybridiser -Miss Agnes Joaquim residing in Singapore. The description of the plant of Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim was described by Henry Ridley, published in Gardener’s Chronicle, June 24, 1893, p740
” New or Noteworthy Plants- VANDA MISS JOAQUIM[ Inter V. hookerianam et V. teretem proles hybrida]

A few years ago, Miss Joaquim a lady residing in Singapore well known for her success as a horticulturist, succeeded in crossing Vanda hookeriana Rchb.f., and V teres, two plants cultivated in almost everygarden in Singapore. Unfortunately no record was kept to which was used as the male. The result has now appeared in the form of a very beautiful plant quite intermeida between the two species and as I cannot find any record of this cross having been made before, I describe it herewith.”

Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim is a free flowering plant which do very well in open area in sunny Singapore. Regular fertilizing would ensure plenty of flowers throughout the year.

This start the very colourful journey for Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim. This beautiful hybrid is chosen to be Singapore National flower in 1981. But till this days there are still talks on the uncertainties on the origin of its parentage.

Whose account is fictious or real, you would have to judge for yourself. These can be seen in the internet and publications such as follows:-

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Malayan Orchid Review Vol 33/1999

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Malayan Orchid Review Vol 38/2004

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Biology of Vanda Miss Joaquim

Internet:- http://www.amassia.com.au/debate1.htm#Background to the debate

The following are some of the Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim’s related stamps and postmarks

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Postmark – Still Road

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Postmark- Lim Ah Pin Road

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Postmark- Simpang Bedok

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Postmark- Jalan Kayu

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Postmark- Ngee Soon

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Postmark- Bukit Panjang

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Postmark- Serangoon Road

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Postmark- Queenstown

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Postmark- Macpherson

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Postmark- M3

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Postmark- C11

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Postmark- Tanglin

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Postmark- Sembawang

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Postmark- Owen Road

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Postmark- Towner Road

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Postmark- Paya Lebar

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Postmark- Killiney Road

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Postmark- Sepoy Lines

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Postmark- Kampong Glam

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Postmark- Kampong Glam

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Postmark- Registration

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Postmark- K

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Postmark- Singapore

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Postmark- Keppel Harbour

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Postmark- Thomson Road

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Postmark- Newton

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Postmark- Katong

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Postmark- Geylang

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Postmark- Taman Jurong

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Postmark- Maxwell Road

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Postmark- Joo Chiat

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Postmark- Farrer Road

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Postmark- Kandang Kerbau

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Postmark- Alexandra Road

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Postmark- Bukit Timah

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Postmark- Queen Street

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Postmark- Siglap

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Postmark- North Canal Road

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Postmark- Serangoon Garden

Is it Luisia psyche or Luisia thailandica?Or Luisia Species?

Posted in Luisia, Orchids with tags , , on May 18, 2011 by orchideae

This beautiful vandaeous orchid resemble the vegetative look of a terete vanda. The plant receive around 80 % of sunlight and the flowers appeared in a cluster held close to the leave axil. The flowers have light yellow petals with a blackish brown lip. The flower is 2cm x 2.5cm.

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The plant.

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The flowers.

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The flowers.

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Side profile of the flowers.

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Dimension of flowers.

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Dimension of flowers.

Malleola species from Cambodia? It may be Eparmatostigmata dives

Posted in Eparmatostigmata, Orchids with tags , , , on April 17, 2011 by orchideae

Is this a malleola species? Chances it is not . According to my friend Peter, it may be Eparmatostigmata dives.

This beautiful species is from Cambodia and it adapt well to Singapore condition. It received strong light till noon.

Stem to 15 cm long. Flowers many. Sepal and petal white with a hint of light yellow.

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The plant.

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Dimension of the flowers.

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The flowers.

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The flowers.

Dendrobium scabrilingue

Posted in Dendrobium, Orchids with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by orchideae

Dendrobium scabrilingue is a compact plant which is found in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand at an elevation of 600m -1200m. It usually produces single of pair of beautiful, fragrant, waxy white blooms.

This plant needs specific horticulture care. The plant needs a cool and dry rest during the later part of the year in Singapore to initiate blooming. When the weather turns warmer increase the water regime and fertilizer after the new growth has appeared. This plant does not do well if it does not have any cool dry rest.

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Dendrobium scabrilingue.

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Dimension of flower of Dendrobium scabrilingue.

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Dimension of flower of Dendrobium scabrilingue.

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Side profile of flower of Dendrobium scabrilingue.

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Side profile of flower of Dendrobium scabrilingue.

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Flower of Dendrobium scabrilingue.

Dendrobium crocatum

Posted in Dendrobium, Orchids with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by orchideae

Dendrobium crocatum is found in some parts of Malaysia and Thailand.

This is an attractive plant which produces two to three approx 3cm wide orangy flowers. This is a lowland eiphyte which is easy and rewarding to grow in Singapore.

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Flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Side profile of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Side profile of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Dimension of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Dimension of the flower of Dendrobium crocatum.

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Taeniophyllum obtusum

Posted in Orchids, Taeniophyllum with tags , , , , on September 24, 2010 by orchideae

This little jewel is one of the native orchids of Singapore. This plant is epiphytic and its bear long spreading flattend green roots. The flowers are clear yellow with lip lip. It has disappeared from many of the exisitng sites and is believed that it still can be found in the Ngee Soon Swamp Forest. Previously it has been collected from multiple sites like the Botanic Gardens, Bukit Mandai, Serangoon Road etc.

This plant can still be grown in Singapore but the plant is small and cannot withstand cultivation stress. It prefer to be grown in a bright area with moving air. Constant humidity is necessary. A dry period would definitely spell the end for the plant.

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Flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Side profile of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Another side profile of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Dimension of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Dimension of the flower of Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Taeniophyllum obtusum

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Dimension of Taeniophyllum obtusum