2009 Monthly Meeting:
will be held on Sunday May 3rd 2009 at 10.00.am at the Sir Frank Stockdale
Building at the University of the West Indies Campus, St Augustine.
Directions to the venue: Members will enter the Campus
from the north entrance on St Augustine Circular, stop at the security
booth and advise the security that you are going to Sir Frank Stockdale
Building, The guard will then give you further directions.
Following is the agenda:
(1) Decisions of the Management Committee Meeting, April 2009- - Diane
(2) Report on Barbados Orchid Show – Gopaul Chackan President
(3) Update on the Spring Orchid Show carded for 23rd and 24th of May 2009---Keshwar
(4) A Presentation on a conservation project being carried out by TTOS
Conservation Subcommittee to preserve the terrestrial orchids in the Aripo
(5) There will be the usual monthly show table, so do bring along your
of the TTOS Conservation subcommittee are asked to attend a brief subcommittee
meeting immediately after the monthly meeting.
HSTT Flower Show.
The Horticultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago has extended
an invitation to TTOS to participate in their Annual Flower Show which
will be staged at the Trinidad Country Club Champs Elysees Maraval on
the 25th and 26th April 2009 on the theme “The 2009 Home and Garden
The TTOS has the responsibility of mounting the display and carrying out
the judging. Therefore we would like members to send / bring their entries
on Thursday April 23rd 2009 to the venue from 3.00 pm.
Judging will take place on Friday April 24th 2009.
Spring Orchid Show 2009
Spring Orchid Show will be held at the San Fernando Technical Institute
in San Fernando on May 23rd & 24th 2009. The Chairperson for the show
is Keshwar Maharaj and the co-Chairperson is Stacey Williams.
will feature exhibits within the entire auditorium comprising of small,
medium, and large exhibits.
Exhibits will also be staged by sister societies, environmental organizations
and the Ministry of Agriculture.
There will be many vendors selling orchid plants and horticultural supplies.
The entry desk will be set up at the show hall to receive entries of Orchid
flowers and plants on Friday May 22nd 2009 from 5.00pm to 10.00pm.
Judging of exhibits will be done on Saturday morning, May 23rd 2009 to
be completed before the show opens 10.00am. All TTOS Judges are expected
Assistance is required from members of the society for the INFORMATION
DESK and SALE OF TICKETS at the door for both
days of the show and setting up of the show. Members who are willing to
assist can contact the Show Chairpersons Keshwar Maharaj and Stacey Williams.
the show will be free to members on presentation of their Membership Card
2008/2009. Members whose subscription is not up to date
should contact the Treasurer Mr. Gervais de Matas to have their membership
Tickets for the show are available from the Treasurer Mr. Gervais de Matas
and other members of the management committee.
Annual Orchid Show October 2009
The Annual Orchid Show is carded for the 3rd and 4th October 2009
This year’s show will be an A.O.S. SHOW.
The show will be staged at the Ambassador Hotel, 99a Long Circular Road
We are now in the process of looking for volunteers for the October show.
Any member wishing to volunteer his or her services is kindly asked to
contact any member of management.
One of the species from the Aripo Savanna
Cyrtopodium parviflorum Lindl., London J. Bot.
2: 672 (1843). This name is accepted
known as Cyrtopodium broadwayii this rare terrestrial orchid occurs in
the Aripo Savanna. The Aripo Savanna has been declared a protected Environmentally
Sensitive Area by the Trinidad and Tobago Environmental Management Authority
and access is allowed only by permit. No removal of species is allowed.
The plants are relatively small. The pseudobulbs, about 15 cm long are
initially wrapped by the narrow, short or long leaves to 50cm long; but
later the pseudobulbs usually lack leaves or they remain shrivelled and
fixed to the pseudobulbs for a long time. It grows in marshy or dry areas,
between 100m to 1,500m. This species occurs from Brazil through northern
Due to the nature of the tropical savanna soils which are extremely
wet during the rainy season and parched during the dry season, pot culture
of this orchid is extremely difficult.
SEE YOU AT OUR MEETING ON SUNDAY MAY 3RD 2009 .