Thursday, September 8, 2016

Townsville Orchid Society Spring Show 2016

This morning after dropping the kids off at school, my wife, young son and I went to visit the Townsville Orchid Society Spring show at their clubhouse off Charles Street. I have been silent for a while on the blog due to my full-time PhD studies, but I grabbed the camera (and some money) and decided to do some catching up. My first thoughts were for Patrick, and I wished he could have been here to see the display plants. I was in my element!

Before browsing and taking some photos, I quickly snatched up some special plants on offer. I purchased a large Angraecum eberneum, Brassia Rex 'Sakata' AM/AOS, Dendrobium speciosum var. curvicaule, Coelogyne parishii, and Vanda merrillii. I was hoping for some more Rhynchostylis gigantea but I was probably too late or simply could not find any flowering-size plants. Seedlings were available but they were small.

I was very impressed with the quality of the plants on display, especially some of the Dendrobium hybrids that barely made it under the ceiling! Here are some photos, but the lighting in the hall was not conducive to good images - light was coming in through the many windows from behind the plants:

Bulbophyllum nymphopolitanum

Cattleya nobilor var. amaliae 'Superior 2' X 'Superior'

Cattleya hybrids

Cymbidium madidum - awesome flowers!

Dendrobium Gloucetser Charm 'Don"

Dendrobium jonesii

Dendrobium Maggy May with a bodyguard

Dendrobium nobile white

Dendrobium Peewee X (Ray Dream X Aussie Victory)

Dendrobium Roy Togunaga

Dendrobium lindleyi

Labeled as Robiquetia succisa, but unlikely!

Ludisia discolor - huge plant!

Miltonopsis Breathless

Oeoniella polystachys - don't see theses often

Oeoniella polystachys whole plant

Paphiopedilum lowii

The Phalaenopsis hybrid champion - P. memoria Jorjah Lyn Mackhunt

Phalaenopsis hybrids

Reserve champion Rhyncholaeliocattleya Karen Sunrise

Rhyncholaelia digbyana - nice to see this one

Awesome Rhynchostylis gigantea!

Some terete Vandas

These Dendrobiums are massive; easily as tall as me!

All the display plants

Tolumnia Erma Warne

Tolumnia Robsan (something) X T. memoria Ralph Yagi something...illegible tag

Tolumnia Sniffen X T. Kinnaree

Unidentified Phalaenopsis hybrid

The biggest flowers I have ever seen on a Vanda: V. Alice's Thomas

Vanda Fuch's Sunset X V. Keereeboon - stunning yellow!

Vanda miniatum

Vanda Pakchong Blue 'Kultana'

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