Friday, June 12, 2009

Another orchid

Another orchid, another cup of tea, another peaceful day...


Blogger LACheesemonger said...

That one looks healty :).

1. As promised, Miltonia that my mother might discard. Seems they like it a little colder than the GH, and a bit more light...with humidity too.

ah too many links to post, just look through the folder:

Greenhouse orchids N stuff

2. virus infected Laelia (image title 'virus-sad') type we had to destroy in 2005, was so obviously infected, no need to pay for expense of getting it tested.

Less obvious were the Phals, 3 of which came back from the lab/tested as positive; and were also destroyed. Made my mother sad, but they had to go to protect the rest of the GH...and she had fears thatall of them might have been infected. Bob Gordon the Phal expert, when asked by my mother if he'd ever seen Phals get infected by virus; his response was that it's rare, that he'd not seen much before. Well he had it, in spades!

Since not all orchids show signs of virus, it is still possible that one or more in her collection has a virus which could spread to the others. Only sure way to find out is to take tissue samples of *all* of them and have them tested...rather expensive proposition :(

3. Bizarre and rare Cleisocentron Merrilliam (which the importer here says he's found can live outdoors, coastal region at least). Native to Borneo 1000m elevation> It died for reasons I explained...some pictures of it, the iridescent, sooo soft, light-powder-blue flowers' color is more apparent when you see the orchid in person.

4. Recall I mentioned marijuana is closely related to strawberries on the newly organized DNA code tree.

YOU can read the transcripts from the 2007 Nova/PBS program "First Flower". Don't know if it's worth it to buy the DVD, but it was a fascinating program to watch. Record it if you ever see it broadcast again, watch it on a big screen!

First Flower-transcript

You should probably be drinking bird shit tea for best synergy and yin-yang while watching :p


DAN HINKLEY: China's the mother of all gardens. Whether it be the ferns, whether it be the maples, the rhododendrons, camellias, the lilies, the iris, we're in their place of origin. Right here is where they came from.

NARRATOR: Their first stop is an alpine meadow at 14,000 feet. Hinkley barely gets of the car before he sees what makes the Hengduan Mountains so special.

YIN KAIPU: A lily; there's a lily.

DAN HINKLEY: I'm not sure, but I think that, unless you are looking at something else, I think this is another lily. The same lily. Yeah, it's lily and… Oh jeez! I just saw it. Oh, god, that is unbelievable. Oh my god, this is extraordinary.

NARRATOR: Cypripedium tibeticum is a rare species of the much sought after lady slipper orchids, named after the unusual pouch created by a modified petal.

DAN HINKLEY: Professor Yin, unbelievable! There's a lot of people that would love to be here, at this moment, sitting in yak dung. It is just amazing to see this.

NARRATOR: Whether it be finding one rare flower or one unique fossil, they are both essential parts of understanding the evolution of flowering plants.

NARRATOR: Now with the assurance of DNA insight, the family tree of living flowering plants has largely been written.

The old family tree was now in for a major pruning. Roses were found to be closely related to squash, strawberries to marijuana, this meat-eating pitcher plant to China's famous rhododendrons.

For centuries water lilies were thought to be nearly twins with the lotus—no longer.

MARK CHASE: This, believe it or not, is the closest living relative of the lotus. This is the London plane tree or sycamore.

Click on 'companion website' link from the transcript page above for some video links and other info

5. Haven't used blogger 4 posting in years, hate remembering which html tags.


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