Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit the Naples Orchid Society website.  We are delighted you share our passion for orchids and invite you to explore all the wonderful things our site has to offer and to consider membership if you are not already involved.

The Naples Orchid Society’s mission is to promote the appreciation and cultivation of orchids as a hobby and to help preserve the wild orchids indigenous to Southwest Florida through research and education.
 


March 26, 2015 (April) Mthly Mtg Special Hybrid and Special Species Awards

The Naples Orchid Society’s monthly meeting for April was held March 26th. The best hybrid and the best species orchids were given gold ribbons. The special hybrid award was given to V. Bonbon owned by Debbie Starrett. The best species award was given to Den. goldschmidtianum owned by Barbara Crist.

V Bonbon owned by Debbie Starrett      Den goldschmidtianum owned by Barbara Crist 1.jpg

 

 

 



An Orchid Vignette—A Mystery—B. nodosa x Lc. Wailea Contributed by Dick Pippen

Brassavola nodosa has been used as a parent in over 800 registered crosses. Lc. Wailea has nine registered offspring and 32 registered “grandkids.” So what plant do I end up with?? One that is NOT registered, of course, but too “neat” to ignore. As I have mentioned before I don’t think I like green orchids, but I keep acquiring them. What I do like is Brassavola nodosa and her hybrids. That is why I “latched onto” this one.

Bc+A-174+(B+nodosa+x+Lc+Wailea)+061812 Bc+A-174+(B+nodosa+x+Lc+Wailea)+062611+2

 

I got my plant of B. nodosa x Lc. Wailea from Jade Orchids in July of 2010. I like the “nodosa” character of narrow sepals and petals, green in color, and the flared, white lip. There are even “little” lines of purple spilling out from the center of the lip. It has a slight spicy fragrance during the daytime. The plant itself is has narrow upright leaves, that stand about eight to ten inches tall. So far my plant has been blooming twice a year.

The “mystery” is where did this cross come from? Who created it? Why didn’t they register it? For now there are no good answers to those questions. I asked Dave and Judy White at Jade Orchids if they remembered where they got the plant and they thought that it originally came from the collection of one of their old clients, that they had had the plant for a long, long time.

A second mystery surrounds Lc.Wailea. Brassavola nodosa is well known, and there are many photos and lots of information available about this species. Lc. Wailea, however appears to be quite “reclusive.” This grex has won no AOS awards, or any others that I have been able to find, and I have been unable, so far, to find any photographs of the flower.

The grex was created by Kathy & Mariano Reyes and registered by them in 1977. Little is known about the Reyes except that they registered two other greges, and are from Maui, Hawaii (hence the name Wailea).

Lc. Wailea is a complex hybrid, a cross between Lc. Little Don and Lc. Adelaide Waltman. There are many shades of greens, yellows and purples in the family background, so I am assuming that Lc. Wailea is some combination of green and purple.

It has been a parent in nine crosses, and as mentioned before, has 32 “grandkids.” One of the offspring is Blc. Hawaiian Passion which is a cross between Lc Wailea and Blc. Waikiki Gold (the latter is another oldie-but-goodie that I like really well). This grex has flowers that have chartreuse sepals and petals and a cream colored lip.

Of course if this combination was ever to be registered, instead of a Blc (Brassavola x Laelia x Cattleya), it would be a Brassocattleya since all of the laelias involved in Lc. Wailea are now Cattleya. If I were to register this grex and give it a name, I think it would have to be Brassocattleya Little Green Apples.



Orchid Conservation Coalition



Upcoming Events

  • May 7, 2015
    Monthly Meeting

    Our program will have Guillermo Salazar, Miami, FL, AOS student judge for the FL
    Caribbean Judging Center, speaking on “Bulbophyllums”

    The May Mini Culture Class with Bill Overton starts at 6 PM. Bill will show you how to
    successfully grow Dendrobiums.

    Flower Registration 6:30 PM
    Flower Judging 7:10 p.m.
    Meeting 7:30 p.m.
    Program 7:45 p.m.


    6:00 pm,

  • May 15, 2015
    2015 Redland International Orchid Festival

    May 15 - 17
    Homestead, FL
    Info: www.redlandorchidfestival.org


    N/A,

  • May 28, 2015
    NOS BOD Meeting and Show Comm. Mtg.

    Moorings Presbyterian, 6:30 pm
    Classroom B upstairs
    All are welcome.


    6:30 pm,

Event Calendar

May 2015
S M T W T F S
26 27 28 29 30 1 2
3 4 5 6 7

Category: GeneralMonthly Meeting

8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15

Category: General2015 Redland International Orchid Festival

16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28

Category: GeneralNOS BOD Meeting and Show Comm. Mtg.

29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6