Dendrobium speciosum var. speciosum 'National White' x D. speciosum var. curvicaule 'Neil's Pick'
Bill Murdoch Trophy 2003
The Bill Murdoch Trophy for Champion Australian Native Orchid Species of the Year has been awarded to Dendrobium speciosum var. speciosum 'National White' x D. speciosum var. curvicaule 'Neil's Pick'.
This fine plant, owned by Mark Brown, was Grand Champion and Champion Epiphytic Species at the ANOS Warringah Group Spring Show. It was line bred by Neil Finch (Down Under Native Orchids). The flowers were light yellow in colour, shading to white towards the centre. The plant held two inflorescences, one carrying 142 flowers and the other 120 flowers, on inflorescences of 600 mm and 500 mm respectively. The flowers were of even size and well arranged on long pedicels.
The committee was particularly impressed with two other nominations this year, and determined they were both worthy of Certificates of Special Recognition. They are Dendrobium kingianum 'Crystal Ice' HCC/AOC-VOC owned by Australian Orchid Nursery and line bred by Wayne Turville, and Dendrobium speciosum var. grandiflorum 'Jelita' owned by Bevan Burnham and line bred by Ted and Barbara Gregory (Merrellen Orchids).
There were 24 nominations this year, of which 4 were known to be line bred, and nominated plants had also received a total of 3 Awards of Merit and 4 Highly Commended Certificates. 16 nominations were from State or AOC or OSCOV Affiliated Societies, 5 were from ANOS groups, 2 from NOSSA, and 2 plants eligible by reason of having received quality awards.
The vast majority of the nominated plants were dendrobiums, with one Sarcochilus, one Pterostylis, and two Dockrillias.
The following will receive a Bill Murdoch Certificate
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