Necklace Orchid Reign Supreme as Best Cultured Orchid at the 71st Mid-Year Show

Necklace orchid, Rosary Orchid, Rattlesnake Orchid, Rat’s Tail Orchid are the common names given to a beautiful native orchid that is found over a wide climatic areas and elevation throughout the country.

Scientifically called Pholidota imbricata, This orchid species is found in many provinces throughout the country. This range from sea level up to more than 1,800 meters in elevation.

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Pholidota imbricata

We  documented some Pholidota imbricata growing wild within La Mesa watershed area when the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society Inc. conducted a short preliminary tour within the forested areas of the watershed about a decade ago.

Older residents of Novaliches , Fairview, Valenzuela, Bagong Silang, Norzagaray and San Jose del Monte, Bulacan would definitely recall seeing some of these orchids growing on molave, narra, duhat or mango trees. Unfortunately the flowers are quite minuscule and hardly noticeable especially when the orchids are growing at least 30 to 100 meters above ground.

Philippine Orchid Society’s Show

This species is one of the most commonly exhibited genus whenever there is annual or mid-year show hosted by the Philippine Orchid Society. When grown as specimen sized plant- One can admire the flowers from dozens or even hundreds of inflorescences.

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Pholidota imbricata

This orchid was exhibited by Purificacion Orchids and won the “Best Cultured Plant ”  at the 71st mid-year orchid and garden show.  Which means that this was grown into large specimen blooming sized orchid.

In sunday or orchid flea market, this orchid species whenever without flower can easily be mistaken as Coelogyne orchid. Some of the small clump can be bought for a few hundred of pesos smaller ones with a couple of pseudo bulbs can be bought for just Php 50.00.  Just a couple of clumps can be a conversational attraction in one’s garden.

One can easy naturalized this orchid on cultivated trees and MacArthur palm.

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Pholidota imbricata

Name

W.J. Hooker established this genus of sympodial orchids in 1825 when he adopted a manuscript name of Dr. John Lindley. The generic epithet is from the Greek pholidotos = scaly, referring to the scales on the bracts of the inflorescences of some species.

Blooming season is between July, August , September and until October. Flower size is about 1/2 ( 1.25 to 1.50 cm) in filtered light with clustered, conical, angular, wrinkled or sunken, dull pale green to dull brown pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, sub-plicate, ovate-oblong to linear-lanceolate, coriaceous, prominently veined, gradually narrowing into the pseudo-petiolate base, dark green leaf with a lighter underside that can have red spots and blooms with a terminal, smooth, terete, erect-arcuate then drooping, 20″ [50 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that has a zigzag which can carry between 10 to at least 80 small flowers.

Distribution 

Pholidota imbricata is found in central China, Tibet, Assam, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, western Himalayas, Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam,Cambodia,Borneo, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sumatra, Moluccas, Sulawesi, the Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Santa Cruz, Vanuatu and Queensland,  Australia

References and Bibliographies: 

Davis , Greg, Steiner, Mona Liza, page 163 to 165 , Philippine Orchids ,Copyright 1952 / re-print 1982

Cootes, Jim Philippine Orchid Species , 2001

IOSPE: http://www.orchidspecies.com/pholimbricata.htm

The American Orchid Society : http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchids-a-to-z/letter-p/pholidota.aspx

Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/1135052/overview

71st Philippine Orchid Society’s Ornamental Plant Landscape Winners

There are several stunning ornamental plant exhibits at the  71st mid-year orchid and garden show organized by the Philippine Orchid Society.

Susan Lee exhibit

Mrs. Susan Lee together with her bonsai collection

The big winners of the ornamental plant landscape competition included perennial winners Mr Manuel and Mrs. Susan Lee of Lee’s Bonsai Haven. The ” Best Ornamental Plant of the Show” a type of ficus also won first place.

They included their prized collection of bonsai and other fixtures.

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Mr. Rommel Perez vertical landscape and bonsai

Mr. Rommel Perez’s vertical landscape and miniature zen garden with bonsai garnered second place.

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Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula

third place winner is the tandem of Mr. Noel ” Botchie” Canicula and Mr. Jayvee Agustin ( Concrete Jungle).

The tandem also won the following awards:

Best foliage –Alpina rugosa

Best Aroid/1st place – Alocasia nycteris

1st place Philodendron Patriceae

1st place Aglaonema Vangie Go

2nd Place Aglaonema hybrid

3rd Place Aglaonema snow white

3rd Place Anthurium hookerii variegated

 

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Mett’s Plant Art

Mett’s Plant Art used bonsai, variegated chico tree ,sapodilla or sapota , medinilla, ficus with Thai Buddhist head as additional accents in the landscape.

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Thai Buddhist head

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Unigreen

Unigreen stunning vertical landscape with the use of indoor plants and different kinds of green colored hanging plants like Dischidia oiantha , Ophioglossum pendulum Linn., ( ribbon fern ) added to the overall beauty of the landscape.

 

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