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Species: Bulbophyllum blumei [Lindley]J.J. Sm. 1906
Common name:Blume's Bulbophyllum
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A small sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte from Western Malaysia, Borneo, the Philippines, Papua and New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Northern Australia from 50 to 800 meters in elevation.
From the lowland forests of Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo to the Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia.
A tropical species found in Borneo, Java, Peninsular Malaysia, the Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatra, New Guinea, Soloman Islands and into Northern Queensland.
Widely distributed from Sumatra to New Guinea and Australia. Easy to grow and soon grows into a specimen plant.
Title: Florists' review [microform]
Publisher: Chicago : Florists' Pub. Co
Contributing Library: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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^'^'7A''"i**i!r' NOVKMBEB 30, 1922 The Florists^ Review 39 i 4 Denisoniana, Hookeriana, insignis, Kim- balliana, lamellata Boxallii, teres and its hybrid, Agnes Joaquin; tricolor, tri- color planelabris, tricolor tenebrosa, suavis and the fine hybrid, Marguerite Maron, a cross between teres and suavis. Excluded species often called vandas are Vanda Batemanii, now called Stauropsis lissochiloides; V. Catheartii, now called Arachnanthe Catheartii; V, gigantea, now called Stauropsis gigan- tea, and V. Lowei, once called Arach- nanthe Lowei, and more recently Eenan- thera Lowei. ASrides Next in Favor. Aerides come next in favor to van- das, with long racemes of beautiful, fragrant, waxy flowers. Colors range from pure white to deep rose, and all the varieties are of easy cultivation, requiring the same conditions as van- das. The best varieties are crassifo- lium, crispum, Houlletianum, falcatum, Leonsei, Fieldingii, Lawrenceanum, maculosum, Lobbii, odoratum and its varieties, suavissimum, suavissimum Ballantineanum and virens. Ehynchostylis, better known in gar- dens as saccolabium, is an interesting class, worthy of cultivation. It blooms in summer. The best varieties are coelestis, with pale lavender flowers, the only blue variety in cultivation; guttata; prsemorsa retusa, often called Blumei. Varieties of the saccolabium type are few; the most showy are am- puUaceum, bellinum, giganteum, gigan- teum illustre, violaceum and the long, pure white violaceum Harrisonianum. Angnecums a Bemarkable Family. Angrsecums are a remarkable family on account of the long, tail-like spurs at- tached to the labellum, which is a dis- tinguishing characteristic of all vari- eties from the largest one, A. sesquipe- dale, to the small hybrids. The flow- ers of A. sesquipedale are always at- tractive, with their white, waxy flow- ers five inches to seven inches in diame- ter, carried four to five on a spike and having a strong fragrance at night. A. eburneum.is a giant in the orchid family, with spikes three to four feet long, carrying nine to twelve flowers each, which last in good condition for five weeks. A. citratum is the most showy of the smaller section, with spikes fifteen inches to twenty inches long and flowers sulphur-yellow in color. The flowering period is January and Febru- ary. Varieties interesting to botanists and orchid lovers are articulatum, cryptodon, Ellisii, modestum, hyaloides, fastuosum and Leonis. Benantheras are useful orchids on ac- count of their bright red color and long, graceful spikes, attractive in groups or for cutting, but their va- rieties are limited. R. Imschootiana is the best known commercially of the genus and is a good grower. Other va- rieties are Storiei, matutina and coc- cinea. Cnlttiral Methods. The temperature of a house for East Indian orchids during the growing sea- son, from March to October, should be 70 to 75 degrees during the day, rising with sun heat to 80 degrees. Of course, in summer these tempera- tures will often be exceeded. At night the house can drop to 66 or 68 degrees. In the winter and resting season 60 to 65 degrees at night is
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Vanda Sanderiana. ample, and a few degrees lower will do no harm. During the growing sea- son give plenty of moisture at all times. In winter, when strong fire heat is used, care must be taken or the plants will become infested with yel- low thrips, which disfigure the young leaves. During the growing season practice spraying between the pots, stems and roots. This will be of great benefit and makes watering needless; the many aerial roots will take up the moisture. In hot weather fine overhead spraying is helpful in keeping thrips down. Use care, however, with rhyn- chostylis; it should not be sprayed over, as it is subject to black spot. Potting of East Indian orchids is best done in January and February. Clear away all the old material, wash the roots and use good osmunda fiber and live sphagnum moss, not the dead moss often seen, with which you have to kill the plant to make the moss grow. There are many more species of East Indian orchids, such as anoectochilus, cirrhopetalums, bulbophyllum, coelo- gyne, eulophiellas, grammatophyllum, platyclinis, or dendrochilums, and phaius, all well worthy of being in- cluded in collections, but today selec- tions are mainly grown. W. N. C. QROWINa CYMBIDIUMS. The terrestrial orchids, cymbidiums, have advanced tremendously in favor of late years and are striking features at all our great spring exhibitions. They are robust growers and need plenty of root room. I use a liberal Difrest of a talk delivered by Oeorge W. Biit- terworth, FramiDKham, Mass., before the Oarden- er»' and Florists' Club of Boston, November 21. layer of drainage material, then a layer of peat, then a dusting of bone meal, topped by some of the finer par- ticles of peat. The plant is then placed in position and well firmed with fern fiber. Cymbidiums eome mainly from India and the Malay archipelago. A few are found in Africa. Strange to say, until 1900 there were few varieties in com- merce; they were mainly eburneum, Lowianum, Tracyanum and Hookeri- anum. In 1901 one of the orchid col- lectors in Annam found Cymbidium in- signe; it was first sent to France; later Mr. Sanders acquired it. The discov- ery of this lovely cymbidium revolu- tionized cymbidium culture; as more spec- imens of it were discovered and sent home, it was found to be quite varied in charac- ter and Sandersii, Sander«e and other varietal names were given to various types, and from insigne has sprung the wealth of beautiful hybrids now in cul- tivation. Hybrids have been raised in greal numbers in Belgium and Britain. At Sir George Holford's, in England, large numbers -ot wonderful hybrids have come of late years. Cymbidiums stay fresh two or more months on the plants and several weeks in water. On sev- eral occasions spikes have been sent from Europe and staged at spring flower shows here. When we first grew cymbidiums, it was in the oldest house we possessed, one that is now used for odontoglos- sums and cypripediums. Later the cym- bidiums were put into a house kept at 50 to 55 degrees at night; stood over ashes, they did well. Later they were put on slat benches and did not do so well. Now they are in an old, wide house standing over a layer of coal
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Bulbophyllum is one of my favorite orchid genera, with some species that look like they came from another planet! Orchid Trail Nursery near Raleigh, NC, has a nice collection of them.