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There are many events in the next few months, a listing is given below;

TTOS March Monthly Meeting

participation and attendance at the HSTT Annual Flower Show.

Venue: The Grandstand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain

Registration of entries : Thurs. 17th March 2005, 3pm - 8pm

Features of the HSTT Annual Flower Show - March 19th & 20th 2005.

A TTOS Orchid Display offering you the opportunity to win more awards for your orchids.

A vast array of exciting horticultural displays.

  • Extensive Plants and Orchid Vending.

Barbados Orchid Show

Venue: Barbados - April 9th & 10th 2005

  • An AOS judged Show
  • Orchid Vending.
  • A TTOS Orchid Display


TTOS has arranged special airfare via Caribbean Star & accommodation at Golden Sands for members interested in visiting the Barbados Show.

Airfare - TT $997.60
Accommodation single or double US $94per night: Interested parties are asked to contact Paula Pantin or Tony Tang Kai immediately.

TTOS April Monthly Meeting, Sunday April 17th 2005

Venue: St. Xavier's Primary School, Richmond Street, St. Joseph.

Monthly Show Bench

  • Updates for May Show and preparing your orchids for a Show.
  • Carupano Orchid Show, Carupano, Venezuela April 29th , 30th & May 1st 2005.
  • A TTOS Orchid Display
  • Exposure to South American Orchids
  • Orchid Vending.

TTOS - May_Show; "Orchids on the Promenade"

Venue: St. Joseph's Convent, San Fernando.
Sat. & Sun. May 14th & 15th l0am - 6pm

  • Your Show Chairperson for the May Show is Percil Nock Boyce. Percil and her team are working assiduously to produce a full Show.
  • Tickets are $15, Children under 10, free.
  • Members are encouraged to participate by mounting individual displays or contributing flowering plants or cut blooms. Registration is on Friday 13th May from 4pm - 6pm.
  • Of course one can expect to find many Orchids on Sale.
  • For further information, please contact Percil Nock Boyce at 665-1476.

TTOS October Show"Orchids: A Festival of Blooms"_ AOS Judging

Show Chairperson: Paula Pantin

Possibly there will be new foreign vendors

Species of the Month

Oncidium luridum / Lophiaris lurida

In T & T there are 3 "mule ear" Oncidiums. They are:

1. Oncidium Luridum
2. Oncidium lanceanum
3. Oncidium haematochilum (Natural hybrid between 1 & 2:)...

There has been a name change to this group of "mule ear" from Oncidium to Lophiaris.

The species Lophiaris lurida is found throughout T & T as well as 'down the islands' e.g. Monos Island etc. Its habitat range can be from semi deciduous, dry forest to high rainfall areas. It can be found on several types of native trees / vines and can be highly populated in a favourable habitat.

The flowering season can extend from February to April and there are 2 major vegetative forms: 1. Long green leaves and 2. Short reddish green leaves. However, the flowers are basically the same. They can be dark brown to light brownish green. You can expect the Alba form which is green and has a white crest.

The key to its successful cultivation depends on a good, well-drained medium, good light and adequate air movement. Fertilize and water adequately when it is in its active growth. Be careful of water remaining in its new growth. Reduce water somewhat when growth has matured. Major pests include; mites, scales, caterpillars. These can be controlled with any good insecticide. Diseases basically arise from over watering causing root rot and leaf drop.

After all this, you can expect good spikes with 20 - 60 flowers. See Data Base for photographs.


The TTOS is in search of a logo. All entries must be submitted in hard or soft copy by June 2005 to Carlyle McMillan. The logo should incorporate the papilio & the year the Society was established. A prize of $300 worth of orchids will be given to the winner. All submissions will become the property of the TTOS. Contact Alesha Robinson for further information.

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