Queensland Orchid Society 2014 February Bulletin, Autumn Show, Queensland International Orchid Fair, World Orchid Conference


Bulletin, Orchid Show, Orchid Fair, Conference

Blc. Yellow Ribbons 'Star Fighter' AD/QOS 20022014 Queensland Orchid Society Monthly Bulletin

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Some back copies of the bulletins from previous years are available at ❀Bulletin❀.

Introduction and Orchid Shows

The first 2014 monthly meeting was conducted on 10 February in the evening, and the first monthly bulletin of the year has been published. This issue, designated Volume 54, Number 1, manages to fit a great deal of information and announcements, including the upcoming QOS AUTUMN SHOW 2014 on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th April 2014, as well as SHOWS FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH 2014 from other orchid societies:

  • Aspley Orchid Soc. 15/16 February, at Auditorium Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
  • Beaudesert Dist. Orchid & Foliage 15/16 March, Canungra School of Arts, 3/7 Pine St, Canungra
  • Childers & Dist. 15 March, Isis Cultural Centre, Churchill St, Childers
  • Maroochydore O.S. 15 March One Day Show Uniting Church Hall, Lefoes Rd, Bli Bli
  • Nambour O.S. 22 March, Uniting Church Hall, Coolum 9-4pm
  • Redlands O.S. 29 March, Donald Simpson Centre, 172 Bloomfield St, Cleveland
  • West Brisbane O.S. 22/23 March, Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

March AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Queensland Orchid Society Inc. will be held on Monday, 10th March 2014 at 8pm, in the

Red Hill Community Sports Centre
22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill, QLD 4059, AUSTRALIA

All positions become vacant. Nominations will be accepted by the Secretary at the February Committee and General Meetings, as well as at any time prior to the March AGM. The AGM will be held at the March General Meeting followed by the normal cultural meeting.

Management Committee Positions:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • QOS Registrar
  • 5 Committee Members
  • 2 Vice Presidents
  • Organiser (Show Organiser)
  • Assistant Registrar
  • Secretary
  • Editor
  • Book Custodian

There are also positions to be filled other than Committee Positions. Please be responsible for one of these positions:

  • Monthly Raffles
  • Librarian
  • Publicity Officer
  • Hall Setup
  • Host/Hostess
  • Conservation Officer
  • Supper Organiser
  • Show Secretary
  • Technical Officer

Article Excerpt

Those who have eyes for bugs and infestations can feast on P J Johnson’s 2010 article entitled “Boisduval scale on orchids” from Orchid Digest (July, Aug., Sept.), 74(3): 170-177, which begins as follows:

SCALE INSECTS ARE PROBABLY the most important and damaging insect pests of cultivated orchids worldwide, particularly so greenhouses of northern climates. According to Dekle (1976), there are no fewer than 27 species of scale identified from cultivated orchids, but Chou et al. (1994) listed 71 species of armored scales and 21 species of soft scales from orchids worldwide. Especially frequent and damaging is the Boisduval scale, which is one of the most serious scale pests on orchids and many other ornamental plants.

Boisduval scale (Diaspis boisduvalii) (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) was named in 1869 by the entomologist Victor Antoine Signoret, the father of scale taxonomy, to honor M. Boisduval, the collector of the first recorded specimens found on greenhouse orchids at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France. This insect is now probably the principal scourge of orchid growers, at least in North America and Europe. Boisduval scale is a frequently encountered species in both commercial and personal plant collections, and is probably the most difficult to control pest on orchids. It is one of the main causes for extensive pesticide use in orchid nurseries. Despite the pest importance of this insect, very little detailed attention to its biology has been given to this species since Richard Bohart (1942) took an opportunity to study it. Boisduval scale is native to tropical America, but is now found globally. This insect was probably widely spread during the orchid craze of the 1800’s in the masses of orchids and other plants exported from the Americas, and it found amenable conditions in botanical gardens and greenhouses. Distribution of infested plants remains the primary route of dispersal between collections. Palms are natural hosts, but they are also common on Laeliine and Oncidiine orchids. I once found a small colony of this insect on a twig epiphytic Oncidium sp. on the east slope of Volcan Barva in the central mountains of Costa Rica. Cacti, bromeliads, and other plants are also fed upon by Boisduval scale. At least 34 natural and hybrid genera of orchids, including popular genera such as Angraecum, Cymbidium, Stanhopea, Zygopetalum, etc., and plants from 17 other families are documented as hosts.

Boisduval scale will seriously debilitate and kill an orchid if not controlled quickly. Upon settling, the insect inserts long, threadlike styli comprised of highly modified mandibles and maxillae into the plant tissues where they feed on cell contents. These feeding styli can be long, up to seven times the length of the insect’s body. Injection of toxic saliva, containing enzymes, produces cellular death during feeding.

Those who wish to read the whole article can access it at https://www.sdstate.edu/ps/Severin-McDaniel/orchid-pests/upload/Boisduval-scale-on-orchids2.pdf

November 2013 Benching Results and Photos

Benching results and photos on pages 4 and 5 of the bulletin record the prowess of some seasoned orchid growers.

Click any image below to see gallery images displayed in a full-size carousel view, where individual photos can be commented on by anybody who wishes to admire, critique or identify the orchid specimens.

Selling Orchids

It was agreed that members may sell orchid plants at the QOS General Meetings on the second Monday of each month, before commencement of each meeting or at the supper break. Commission to QOS on the sold plants will be at the grower’s discretion.

Queensland Orchid Society AUTUMN SHOW 2014
This show is on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, and Sunday 13th of April 2014.
Setup is on Thursday 10th; Benching from 2pm until 7pm.

Queensland Orchid Society Autumn Show ScheduleMembers are needed to set up the hall from about 12 noon.

Please ring Albert Gibbard, our show organiser on 3269 1631 and let him know when you can work.

The Workbook will be available at the February meeting. Please make sure that your name is in the book for when you can work, to make this a great show.

Please get your sale plants ready, for we need as many as you can supply. Please make sure that they are in good condition, not falling out of pots, clean, presentable and so on.


International Orchid Fairs in Australia has published details of the Queensland International Orchid Fair, which will take place on Friday 7th to Sunday 9th March 2014 from 8am till 4pm Friday and Saturday, 8am till 3pm Sunday, atBeenleighShowground, James Street,Beenleigh, with FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING plus Food and light refreshments available all day.

Queensland International Orchid FairVendors include Alices Orchids, Aranbeem Orchids, Barry Kable Orchids, Burbank Orchids, Cedarvale Orchids, Ching Hua Orchids, Dark Star Orchids, Darryl Banks Orchids, Easy Orchids, Fame Orchids, Fong Ping Orchids, Horticultural Solutions, J & V’s Fraser Coast Dendrobiums, Nicky Zurcher Orchids, Orchid Species Plus, Orchidaceous Supplies, Robertson’s Orchids, Rosella Orchids, Rolin Farms Orchids, Sakdisri & Daughters Nursery of Thailand, Talbot Lodge Bromeliads, Tinonee Orchids, Windermere Nursery, and Woolf Orchidculture.

The 21st World Orchid Conference (WOC21) will be held from 10-14 September 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the Sandton Convention Centre located in the heart of an upmarket hotel, business and entertainment district. The theme for the WOC21 Conference and Show is “Orchids: Gold in the Green Age”.

Easy Orchids in conjunction with Casino Travel Shoppe have a very exciting luxury tour prepared for the 21st World Orchid Conference in Johannesburg South Africa commencing 8th September 2014.

21st World Orchid ConferenceWe have paperwork from Easy Orchids for their Grand African Orchid Safari travelling to Johannesburg for the World Orchid Conference. This tour departs Sydney and Perth on the 8th September 2014 with Qantas Airways staying at quality hotels. For more information ring Murray on 02 6682 2635 or email sales@easyorchids.com. Detailed itinerary and other information are available at http://easyorchids.com/woc-tour-2014.

The previous World Orchid Conference was held in Singapore from 13 to 20 November 2011 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, with the theme “Where Old and New World Orchids Meet” and various species of orchid flowers from 19 countries.

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