My local orchid club, Oklahoma Orchid Society, held our annual show and sale on Mother’s Day weekend. I took off work on Friday to help set up and then ventured back on Saturday with Christie and Myla to enjoy the show. It was a small show, as usual, but nice.
I carried Myla around while Christie took photos for me. First, I’ll show off the Dendrobium.
A couple of nice Cymbidium.
Miscellaneous other plants.
There were a total of eleven plants pulled out for AOS judging (including the one pictured above). One of those eleven plants (a Paphiopedium) was awarded an HCC.
It is always exciting to see a plant bloom for the first time. I have seen pictures of Dockrillia wassellii blooms, but this is the first time that my plant has put out a bloom spike.
The flowers are quite small, but they have really beautiful intricate details.
I purchased my plant at the beginning of the year, mounted on cork bark. It hasn’t really grown since I got it, but it hasn’t lost any of its leaves and has seemed happy. The blooms are good confirmation of that. When it has finished blooming I will move the plant from its current location onto the mounted orchid rack.
I have had this little mounted miniature Dendrobium for 10 months, so this is the first time that it has bloomed for me. There are about 20 flowers that are smaller than a penny.
When you look at them up close you can see how neat they are, even though they are tiny. They are also really pleasantly fragrant. Christie said they smelled a little like honeysuckle. I was thinking I smelled some mint.
I have already posted about a dozen photos from the OKC Orchid Show, so check those out, if you haven’t already.
Just like there are “Vanda People” and “Slipper People,” there are “Catt(leya) People.” I have to say that I am not one of those people. Cattleyas tend to be large flowers that are kind of frilly like bearded Irises, and they just don’t appeal to me that much. That being said, I do enjoy some Cattleyas, mainly the spotted ones, and I am posting photos of those.
Brassavola nodosa is a popular orchid that is known for its fragrance, but only in the evening. There are several cultivars or hybrids made with this species, including Brassavola Little Stars (below).
By far the coolest thing I saw at the show was the Dendrobium Black Spider. I haven’t ever seen a black Dendrobium, or really anything close to this dark. When I was helping tear down the exhibits on Sunday I complimented the grower on her black Dendrobium and she kind of shrugged and didn’t say anything. I guess some people are less interested in discussing their plants than others. Or maybe she was just tired from the weekend…
I don’t know whether Encyclias are more popular around here than I had previously thought, or if I am just paying more attention to them this year, or if this is just a really good blooming year for them. Whatever the case, there were many Encyclias on display in Wichita and in Oklahoma City.
The plant above is the species Encyclia alata and the plant below is a primary hybrid of Encyclia alata and Encyclia mooreana. Both are awesome plants.
The large primary hybrid above and the species below were both featured as the centerpiece of their respective displays. In fact, that photo above was taken before any of the rest of the plants were in place. (I wouldn’t have been able to get such a picture of just this plant once the exhibit was assembled, because many other plants were crowded around it.
Don’t you just love the colors of the Encyclia hanburii (below)? Just awesome!
The odd ball Encyclia at the show is one of those that keeps getting shuffled around taxonomically. It has been in several different genera, including Encyclia, Anacheilium, Prosthechea and, of course, the original catch-all genus Epidendrum. According to orchidspecies.com, which is what I normally consider the authority, it is currently classified as Anacheilium radiata.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual participation in the Oklahoma Orchid Society show. If you’re in the area, you should try to attend in person next year. We always have our show on Mother’s Day weekend at the Will Rogers Garden Center in Oklahoma City.
This is part 3 of the 5 part series known as “Orchid Show in Wichita.” If you missed the first or second post, check them out here and here.
First, you might be wondering what Dendrobiums and Encyclias have to do with one another.* The truth is just that these are two of my favorite orchid genera. There were lots of plants from these two genera at the show and I took lots of photos of them. So they grouped themselves well for a blog post. Now you know.
Sarah Pratt is the owner of Timbucktoo Orchids and has come to speak to our Oklahoma Orchid Society in the past year. She had a large, walk-through exhibit that featured four different very tall Dendrobiums from section Spatulata, which means they have the tall “antlers” or “antennae.” I know that I’m not a very tall guy, but still! Those plants (above) are sitting on the ground and easily two or three feet taller than I am. The sheer size of the plants can be overwhelming such that you miss how cool the individual blooms are. But I took the time to stop and smell the roses photograph the flowers (below), for your enjoyment.
I didn’t see the labels on these two orchids (below and above). The one above could possibly be Dendrobium aries. It might also be a hybrid with or without D. aries as a parent. The one below is almost definitely the species Dendrobium discolor. [Update: I contacted the owner of these plants and got both of the names. The plant above is Dendrobium Exotic’s Spiral, which is D. Palolo Rainbow x D. strebloceras. The one below is what I was thinking, the species Dendrobium discolor.]
I recently bought a Dendrobium kingianum. My plant is a little clump of green. This one (below) that was for sale at the Andy’s Orchids table has very dark leaves of a purple/red shade. It is a really nice little plant.
I purchased a really nice miniature Dendrobium Micro Chip, also known as Dendrobium Aussie Chip, because apparently there was something invalid about the name “Micro Chip.” [Correction: The hybrid Dendrobium Aussie Chip is a cross between Den. aberrans and Den. atroviolaceum.] Micro Chip is a primary hybrid of Den. aberrans x Den. normanbyense. It is covered in little white flowers that are peppered with black specks.
There are several species of Dendrobium that are similar to my Dendrobium anceps that bloomed recently. One of these has dark pink blooms that are much more attractive than my little green blooms. That species (Dendrobium rosellum) also has more coloration in the leaves themselves. There was a nice specimen (shown above) in the gigantic display at the show.
When I walk into an orchid show I am in shock for a couple of minutes. I hope that as long as I live, and as many orchid shows that I attend, I never get to the point where I don’t have that experience when I first walk into one of these shows. When we got to this show, I paused momentarily and tried to get my bearings, before diving right in to look as closely as I could at the vendor tables, trying to not miss anything important. On the first table we looked at there was a large and flowering Encyclia that smelled wonderful. It was priced so reasonably we immediately agreed that it would be going home with us. But seeing as it was the first table of plants, we were patient and decided to just keep an eye on it while we scoped out the other vendors. We ended up going back to buy it not long after, before even finishing looking at the other vendors.
Christie carried this orchid around with us for most of the show. It was a bit heavy since it was a large plant, potted in a clay pot, so I joked that she was my orchid pack mule. She was a pretty happy pack mule though, because we had this awesome aroma following us around as we looked at the plants. I would relieve her for a little bit and carry the plant while pointing at plants that I wanted her to photograph for me. The plant is Encyclia Gay Rabbit, which is a 2nd generation hybrid, including E. cordigera and E. alata.
I was tempted to purchase one of these hybrids with bractescens parentage, but I got another one from Michel (below). It is Encyclia profusa x E. fowlei. The species E. profusa has been on my want list and I also really like E. fowlei. It should be neat to see what this plant looks like when it blooms, and I shouldn’t have to wait too long since it is in bud. E. profusa has dainty, creamy white flowers with a little bit of pink on the lip. E. fowlei has a creamy yellow flower with some brown streaks. The petals of fowlei flare out a little, so there will probably be some variation in the form of the flowers. The color could be anything from white to brown, possibly with some pink on the column or lip.
Michel Orchids had a lot of primary hybrids of Encyclias and other interesting plants. The plant pictured above was one of these. I can’t remember what the other parent was for this particular hybrid, but the Enc. bractescens is pretty apparent with these tiny flowers and the thin leaves.
The plant above is probably Encyclia cordigera v. rosea, but I didn’t take a picture of the label so I can’t be sure. Either way, it’s a nice orchid with fragrant flowers.
The plant above is another primary hybrid that was on display and had received several awards. It is obviously being grown well considering the number of flowers.
* If you’re curious about how closely related the Dendrobium and Encyclia genera are, they are both within the same subfamily, Epidendroideae. That doesn’t say too much though, considering there are only five subfamilies in the Orchid family, which is hugely diverse. Also, the Epidendroideae subfamily is the largest with 576 genera and more than 15,000 species.