de Araujo is graduated in Music at the University of Rio de
Janeiro, manager and associated to the photographic studio SERGIO
ARAUJO FOTOGRAFIA, orchidist and orchidologist since 10 years
ago, co-editor of the site Brazilian Orchids and the on-line magazine
programming was really intense and the number of lectures was quite
high. As expected, in most time, 3 lectures occurring at the same time
making hard to do a choice and impossible to follow all of them.
The orchid show was really a spectacle.
Due to the difference of seasons between the hemispheres, the variety
of genus and species of orchids flowering was great.
We had the opportunity to see species that , in general, are not often
exhibited in the shows, specially, Acineta superba, Bonatea speciosa,
Brassavola cordata, Calanthe rubens, Epidendrum coriifolium, Epidendrum
cooperianum, Eulophia guineensis, Mediocalcar decoratum, Neomoorea
irrorata, Phalaenopsis mannii, Pleurothallis flexuosa.
There were many interesting hybrid such as: Doritaenopsis Nobby's
Purple 'Splash', Disa African Sun x D. Diores 'Sidmar
Pink', Angulocaste Augres, Miltoniopsis Robert Strauss,
Mokara Singa Gold, Phragmipedium Icho Tower 'Samares',
Wilsonara Ravissement 'Cali'.
In general, the plants had an excellent cultivation but some of them
forming a so good specimens that stood out immediately. One of them
was the Zygotepalum Arthur Elle 'Wössen' (Glanz Wössner
Orchideen), Pleurothallis (Specklinia) grobyi (Botanischer
Garten München) which really deserved the awards: Best Pleurothallid
species - generic and intergeneric (Classes 140 - 143) e and Best
Pleurothallidinae species and hybrid (Classes 144 - 145). Ansellia
africana (Luxembourg Gardens- French Senate) was a very big plant
and with a beautiful blossom as well the Osmoglossum pulchellum
'Brins of Muguet', in the same stand.
Briefly, it is impossible to mention every interesting plant.
Some stands were very attractive and the most interesting, in my opinion,
was the one presented by Cherbourg-Octeville city (which won a Bronze
Medal and the second place - green ribbon) with a rare collection of
Vanilla species, from the greenhouses of the ‘Emmanuel
Liais Park'. Unfortunately, the plants were not blooming.
The Singapore Botanical Gardens' stand called our attention due to the
originality in creating true sculptures which sinuosity of the forms
suggested dance movements. I should also mention Vacherot & Lecoufle
stand, the great champion, as well the one by Eric Young Foundation
which was the reserve champion.
would like to thank for the warm reception and tender attention gave
to us by Vinciane and Marc Dumont, as well as the whole support team
of the 18th WOC, with special mention to Micheline Rusterholz, the responsible
for the attendance to the lecturers.
would like to also thank to everyone (from different regions of the
world) who, kindly, cooperated with us in this special edition, either
giving interviews, sending articles, photos or clarifying doubts, even
those who, for one or another reason, haven't send their participation
Cassio Van den Berg
Ed de Vogel
Lay Keng WHANG
Norris H. Williams
Vitorino Paiva Castro Neto
Tim Wing Yam
in special, to Raimundo Mesquita and Maria do Rosário de Almeida
Braga, for their support.
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