Archive for May 23rd, 2004

Grammatphyllum fest at my house

May 23, 2004


Grammatphyllums are spectacular orchid plants that come from Asia, places like Java, Borneo, New Guinea and the Phillipines. I have about eight at home, three are in flower right now. On top you can see two of these magnificent plants, one with a spike six feet long and the other one with six spikes 5 feet long each. In my orchids section you can see more details and descriptions.

Grammatophyllum fest and others

May 23, 2004

Grammatphyllum is a species which can be found in Southesat Asia, Java, Borneo, New Guiena and the Philippines. The plants are big and the flowerig is nothing short of spectacular. They seem to like my home, They all grow furiously and flower regularly and sometimes in truly spectacular fashion. One of the twelve known species Gramm. Speciosum represents the largest known orchid plant. I have one, it is the largest plant I have, so much that I had to move it out into the sun because it occupied too much space. It has never flowered, but I have hopes one of these days it will surprise me. I have about eight Grammatophyllums, four of which have flowered, right now I have three in flower and one with spikes. Thus the title of my article. Here are the ones with flowers.



This plant just flowered for the first time, I think it is called Gramm. Tiger’s Paw, but I am not sure, I made the mistake of leaving the label in the pot where it is buried in the roots. The spike (branch?) is 1.8 meters (six feet) long with about 80 flowers.



This one I believe is Gram. Marthae or something like that. The spikes are shorter about 1.50 meters (5 feet), the flowers are smaller, maroon with very little green as shown on the right. Each spike has about 70 flowers, there are six spikes.



On the left is the third Grammatpophyllum, one I have shown before. The plant was too heavy to move it to take a better picture. The flowers are similar to the previous on, but they are not fully covered with maroon. The spike is long, 7 feet or bout 2.25 meters long, there are two of them. On the right is a rare Onciium species, Oncidium Lindeyii, long spikes with thiry flowers about two thirds of an inch big.



Some people ask if I have or like Phals, the answer is affirmative to both. They are not on top of my list of favorites, but I wished I could have all of the Phal. species that exist. Here are two very beautiful ones.

Grammatophyllum fest and others

May 23, 2004

Grammatphyllum is a species which can be found in Southesat Asia, Java, Borneo, New Guiena and the Philippines. The plants are big and the flowerig is nothing short of spectacular. They seem to like my home, They all grow furiously and flower regularly and sometimes in truly spectacular fashion. One of the twelve known species Gramm. Speciosum represents the largest known orchid plant. I have one, it is the largest plant I have, so much that I had to move it out into the sun because it occupied too much space. It has never flowered, but I have hopes one of these days it will surprise me. I have about eight Grammatophyllums, four of which have flowered, right now I have three in flower and one with spikes. Thus the title of my article. Here are the ones with flowers.



This plant just flowered for the first time, I think it is called Gramm. Tiger’s Paw, but I am not sure, I made the mistake of leaving the label in the pot where it is buried in the roots. The spike (branch?) is 1.8 meters (six feet) long with about 80 flowers.



This one I believe is Gram. Marthae or something like that. The spikes are shorter about 1.50 meters (5 feet), the flowers are smaller, maroon with very little green as shown on the right. Each spike has about 70 flowers, there are six spikes.



On the left is the third Grammatpophyllum, one I have shown before. The plant was too heavy to move it to take a better picture. The flowers are similar to the previous on, but they are not fully covered with maroon. The spike is long, 7 feet or bout 2.25 meters long, there are two of them. On the right is a rare Onciium species, Oncidium Lindeyii, long spikes with thiry flowers about two thirds of an inch big.



Some people ask if I have or like Phals, the answer is affirmative to both. They are not on top of my list of favorites, but I wished I could have all of the Phal. species that exist. Here are two very beautiful ones.

Government steps up raids as few people show up to ratify their signatures against Deputies

May 23, 2004

The Government continued raiding homes and farms lookin for evidence that would link opposition figures to the paramilitary group detained two weks ago. So far, it has come up empty in all instances. What is bothersome about it is that many of these raids are being carried out illegally, such as the one in the home of retired General Gonzalez Gonzalez or the detention of General Uson. In both cases there were flagrant violations of the law such as the fact that no prosecutor was present in the raid on the General’s home and General’s Uson detention ocurred without his lawyer being present and his lawyers have had no access to him. A third raid in Caracas apparently followed procedure. While I don’t know whether or not these people are involved in these affairs, the way in which they were being carried out bodes badly for all of us.


Meanwhile, the ratification process against Deputies from both sides has gone very slowly with very little attendance so far. While the OAS representative said this was not as expected, the truth is that it is next week’s recall that matters to people. I do hope we have recall votes against both pro-Government and opposition Deputies as this would be healthy for our democratic system.


Finally, in another example of bad faith on the part of the CNE, the “institutional” advertising calling people to go and ratify their signature, talked about people withdrawing their signature which is not in the spirit or the norms of the process, but what else is new?


 

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