January 16th. 2005, Monthly Meeting, Venue: The residence
of Mrs. D. Kirpalani, Fairways, Maraval.
of the January Meeting.
- Monthly Show
- A presentation
on the Construction of Greenhouses by Antonio DeGannes
- Species of
the Month, Caularthron bicornutum presented by Carlyle McMillan.
- Final Show
- Details on
the TTOS Logo competition.
2005, TTOS Annual Field Trip, Destination: Tobago
field trip will be an excursion to Tobago on the 20th. February 2005. Members
will be treated to a scenic tour of Tobago which will terminate at Pigeon
Point. Members have the option of traveling via plane or boat as well as
having lunch provided. Please contact Tony Tang Kai, Paula Pantin or Alesha
Robinson for more information. Package including airfare should be approximately
$300. We must have a response by the end of January so that proper plans
can be made.
Annual Flower Show " Search for Beauty", Venue: Queen's
Park Savannah, Contact: Mr. Tony Tang Kai
- Monthly meetings
will start promptly at 10 am.
- All entries
for the show bench must be completed by 9:30am.
The residence of Gopaul Chackan
The residence of Christopher Watson.
of the month:
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Commonly called the "Virgin Orchid" this is one
of our finest native orchids. Growing in clusters of elongate spindle shaped
pseudo bulbs narrowed at their bases and possessing a few rigid leathery
leaves towards the apices. These pseudo bulbs are hollow and usually at their
bases a hole is present through which colonies of fierce large biting ants
access the interior where they nest.
The erect flower
spikes are often more than three feet tall and blooms can number approximately
twenty. These are always fragrant, waxy and long lived, often pure ivory-white,
two inches plus in diameter. The sepals are sometimes tinged with pink-lavender
on the reverse sides. The lip morphology resembles a statue of the Madonna,
hence the local name "Virgin Orchid".
Most common habitat is the coastal regions of the north-west peninsula, north
and east coasts, on trees and quite often on rocks. It also grows in the
forests adjacent to and south of the central range.
Diacrium or Caularthron as it now correctly named has been used to produce
many fine hybrids especially with the laelianae, numbering approximately
Note these hybrids: Dial Snowflake (x L albida), Diaca Trinidad (x C. Portia),
Dialps Tobago (x Lps domingensis), Diab Alice Hart (x Bro sanguinea),
Epdcm Bico Moyo (x Epi moyobambe).
Committee wishes to you, yours and of course your orchids, the very best for
the year 2005.
We already have
many exciting events planned for the first part of the New Year. We start
of in February with our annual field trip- the long awaited visit to Tobago.
Scheduled for 20th. February 2005 we look forward to your support to make
this outing a success.
The month of
May promises more adventure as the TTOS will host for the first time, their
Spring Show. No longer a ‘mini’ Show but a full Show, the event
will be held in South Trinidad. Our Show Chairperson will be Mrs. Percil Nock-
Boyce and she can be contacted at 665-1476.
On a different
note, the society welcomes some new members. They are: Karry Latchman, Rashid
Baksh, Thalia Martin, Gweneth Moore, Daina Pierre, Ursula De Freitas and Debbie
as we gain members, so to do we lose some. We regret the passing of longstanding
member of the society, Mr. John Oyoung. We extend or deepest sympathies to
his family and friends.
The Librarian, Mr. Christopher Watson is pleased to announce
that we have 3 new books in our library. They are:
"Orchids- A Care Manual"
"A Gardener's Directory of Orchids"
You may borrow these books at the next monthly meeting.
have outstanding books are asked kindly to return them at the next meeting
so that in turn, others may have the opportunity to read them.
What a wonderful
way to keep the wonderful blooms alive from the October Show! Alicia Tom has
compiled an album of photos taken at the October Show. This album will be
available for viewing at the January meeting. Should members want, prints
Committee is hoping to update its databases. To this end we are asking you
to contact the secretary, Alesha Robinson by phone, (640-2071) or at the next
meeting with the following information:
Current Mailing Address
Looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming meetings.
resources, www. Orchids.com
Yes, people, it is as
easy as that. If you have a computer an access to the internet you can browse
the web and follow your passion.
Enter the busy &
dynamic world of orchids- go to AOS forums/ discussions, check out nurseries
and their latest hybrids, apply for their catalogues, identify species &
how to grow them. Thousands of pictures that will literally blow your mind.
Just use your search
engine, Google to locate different orchid sites.
include for forums/ discussions http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/orchids/
For species sites check
And for nurseries, http://www.orchidkb.com
There are lots
more there. Just take your time and peruse to your delight.
of the list of Committee Members for 2004/2005
John Tang Yew, 868 637 5513, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice Presidents
Paula Pantin (868-622-3521) and Gopaul Chackan (868-657-5682)
Alesha Robinson, 868 640 2071
James Razack, 868 663 2935
- I.P.P. Carlyle
McMillan, 868 638 1207
- Tony Tang
- Alvin Benjamin,
- Oral Roberts,
- Antonio De