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Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 23 - Drawing number for the year #204 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
"Catasetum tigrinum: A soft white delicate orchid.” - Steve
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Note: Catasetum tigrinum - Wyche HCC-AOS(HCC/AOS means that the clone received a ‘Highly Commended Certificate’ from the ‘American Orchid Society’.)Catasetums - There are about 100 species in this more popularly grown genus.  Vigorous growers that are less sensitive to cultural mistakes, Catasetums are the most easily grown members of the Catasetinae.  Floral dimorphism, the production of male,  female or hermaphrodite flowers, sometimes very different from each other, is a trait that adds interest and initially caused confusion.  The showier male on the left (staminate) flowers that can eject their pollinia and the yellowish-green female on the right (pistillate) flowers usually grow on separate inflorescences that arise from the base.  Occasionally, hermaphroditic flowers are produced, and at times male, female and sometimes hermaphroditic flowers can all bloom on the one same inflorescence depending on specific environmental factors. For instance, growing under greater sunlight tends to produce more female flowers. 

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 23 - Drawing number for the year #204 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    "Catasetum tigrinum: A soft white delicate orchid.- Steve

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    Note: Catasetum tigrinum - Wyche HCC-AOS
    (HCC/AOS means that the clone received a ‘Highly Commended Certificate’ from the ‘American Orchid Society’.)
    Catasetums - There are about 100 species in this more popularly grown genus.  Vigorous growers that are less sensitive to cultural mistakes, Catasetums are the most easily grown members of the Catasetinae.  Floral dimorphism, the production of male,  female or hermaphrodite flowers, sometimes very different from each other, is a trait that adds interest and initially caused confusion.  The showier male on the left (staminate) flowers that can eject their pollinia and the yellowish-green female on the right (pistillate) flowers usually grow on separate inflorescences that arise from the base.  Occasionally, hermaphroditic flowers are produced, and at times male, female and sometimes hermaphroditic flowers can all bloom on the one same inflorescence depending on specific environmental factors. For instance, growing under greater sunlight tends to produce more female flowers. 

    — 6 hours ago with 3 notes
    #tf orchids july  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #orchids  #drawing  #Catasetum tigrinum  #Catasetum 
    


Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 22 - Drawing number for the year #203 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
"Cycnodes Golden Showers: This yellow orchid was a joy to draw.” - Steve
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Note: Cycnodes Golden ShowersHybrid between chlorochilon and herrenhusanum. These plants are in the Catasetanae tribe and typically flower in the fall. The medium to large-sized flowers are colored in yellow and green and have the distinct scent of banana popsicles! This plant does go dormant and loses its leaves in the winter, so requires very little water and no fertilizer until it is actively growing again.

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 22 - Drawing number for the year #203 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    "Cycnodes Golden Showers: This yellow orchid was a joy to draw.- Steve

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    Note: Cycnodes Golden Showers
    Hybrid between chlorochilon and herrenhusanum. These plants are in the Catasetanae tribe and typically flower in the fall. The medium to large-sized flowers are colored in yellow and green and have the distinct scent of banana popsicles! This plant does go dormant and loses its leaves in the winter, so requires very little water and no fertilizer until it is actively growing again.

    — 19 hours ago with 4 notes
    #tf orchids july  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #drawing  #orchids  #tf flowers  #Cycnodes  #Cycnodes Golden Shower 
    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 21 - Drawing number for the year #202 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

"Polystachya vulcanica: I went with a simple line drawing with little detail.” - Steve

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Q - Do you this simple line drawing?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 21 - Drawing number for the year #202 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    "Polystachya vulcanica: I went with a simple line drawing with little detail.- Steve

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    Q - Do you this simple line drawing?

    — 2 days ago with 4 notes
    #tf orchids july  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #orchids  #Polystachya vulcanica  #drawing  #tf flowers 
    


Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 20 - Drawing number for the year #201 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
“Catasetum Marsh Hollow ‘Elvira’, (male flower):I was going to draw both male and female flowers but ended up drawing only one.” - Steve
Notes: Clowesia, Catasetum, Cycnoches, Mormodes, and Dressleria are classified as members of the Catasetinae subtribe. The first four mentioned are used extensively in hybridizing. Catasetum and Cycnoches are known for producing male, female and hermaphroditic flowers and projecting their pollinia at their   pollinators, a unique characteristic to this orchid family. Clowesia and Mormodes will produce perfect flowers with both male and female  segments.Catasetinae typically grow in high temperature and humidity with distinct rainy and dry seasons associated with the rain forest environment and adjacent ecological zones of Central and South America. In nature, the species of these genera can, aided by their usual pollinators the euglossine bees, hybridize with each other. The result is great diversity and variation within the genera.  With a proper understanding of their cultural needs, Catasetinae are generally easy to grow. Dressleria have their own special cultural needs.
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Q - Do you think we should mix the genus of orchids?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 20 - Drawing number for the year #201 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    “Catasetum Marsh Hollow ‘Elvira’, (male flower):I was going to draw both male and female flowers but ended up drawing only one.- Steve

    Notes: Clowesia, Catasetum, Cycnoches, Mormodes, and Dressleria are classified as members of the Catasetinae subtribe. The first four mentioned are used extensively in hybridizing.
    Catasetum and Cycnoches are known for producing male, female and hermaphroditic flowers and projecting their pollinia at their   pollinators, a unique characteristic to this orchid family. Clowesia and Mormodes will produce perfect flowers with both male and female  segments.
    Catasetinae typically grow in high temperature and humidity with distinct rainy and dry seasons associated with the rain forest environment and adjacent ecological zones of Central and South America. In nature, the species of these genera can, aided by their usual pollinators the euglossine bees, hybridize with each other. The result is great diversity and variation within the genera.  With a proper understanding of their cultural needs, Catasetinae are generally easy to grow. Dressleria have their own special cultural needs.

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    Q - Do you think we should mix the genus of orchids?

    — 3 days ago with 5 notes
    #Catasetum Marsh Hollow 'Elvira  #Catasetum  #tf orchids july  #orchids  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #drawing  #tf flowers 
    

Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 19 - Drawing number for the year #200 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
“Cycnodes Opalina, (Cycnoches warscewiczii x Mormodes horichii): the sepals and petals are a light green; the lip is white with a pink hue and reddish pink dots - you just fall in love with this artificial genus.” - Steve
Notes: Cycnodes are another artificial genus produced by breeding Cycnoches but this time with Mormodes. This group of orchids is again an interesting breeding combination producing multiple flowers, vigorous growth and the possibility of flowering two to three times a year. Typically, their now trigger-less flowers have a flower life that is longer than for pure Catasetums. 
'This is my 200th drawing of the year and my 565th drawing since January 01 2013.’ - Steve
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Q - Do you think we should mix the genus of orchids?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 19 - Drawing number for the year #200 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    “Cycnodes Opalina, (Cycnoches warscewiczii x Mormodes horichii): the sepals and petals are a light green; the lip is white with a pink hue and reddish pink dots - you just fall in love with this artificial genus.- Steve

    Notes: Cycnodes are another artificial genus produced by breeding Cycnoches but this time with Mormodes. This group of orchids is again an interesting breeding combination producing multiple flowers, vigorous growth and the possibility of flowering two to three times a year. Typically, their now trigger-less flowers have a flower life that is longer than for pure Catasetums.

    'This is my 200th drawing of the year and my 565th drawing since January 01 2013.’ - Steve

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    Q - Do you think we should mix the genus of orchids?

    — 4 days ago with 4 notes
    #Cycnodes Opalina  #Cycnodes  #Cycnoches  #Mormodes  #tf orchids july  #orchids  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #drawing 
    


Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 18 - Drawing number for the year #199 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
“Lepanthes tigrina: wonderful white and dark blood red stripes give this orchid a very distinctive look; it was fun to draw.” - Steve
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Q - Do you like this line drawing or the ones with more detail?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 18 - Drawing number for the year #199 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    “Lepanthes tigrina: wonderful white and dark blood red stripes give this orchid a very distinctive look; it was fun to draw.- Steve

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    Q - Do you like this line drawing or the ones with more detail?

    — 5 days ago with 4 notes
    #tf orchids july  #Steve MacDowall  #Lepanthes tigrina 
    

Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 17 - Drawing number for the year #198 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
“Stenoglottis woodii: a line drawing was perfect to capture this stem of buds and flowers; little white orchids tipped in a light pink or purple at the top and in the buds.” - Steve
Note: Stenoglottis woodii (Family: Orchidaceae)This easy to grow, miniature, terrestrial orchid from the eastern seaboard of South Africa, provides a long-flowering summer display on a protected patio.Like a number of ground orchids, this plant has succulent or tuberous roots and a basal rosette of unmarked, dull green leaves. The slender flower spike arises from the centre of the rosette and is between 150 and 250 mm tall and bears 10 to 40 small white or pale pink flowers in mid-summer.Stenoglottis woodii is found near the coast in a small area of southern KwaZulu-Natal and adjacent parts of Pondoland on moist sandstone ledges where leaf mould has accumulated. The genus as a whole is only found in the southeastern parts of the African continent. 
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Q - Do you like this line drawing or the ones with more detail?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 17 - Drawing number for the year #198 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    Stenoglottis woodii: a line drawing was perfect to capture this stem of buds and flowers; little white orchids tipped in a light pink or purple at the top and in the buds.- Steve

    Note: Stenoglottis woodii (Family: Orchidaceae)
    This easy to grow, miniature, terrestrial orchid from the eastern seaboard of South Africa, provides a long-flowering summer display on a protected patio.
    Like a number of ground orchids, this plant has succulent or tuberous roots and a basal rosette of unmarked, dull green leaves. The slender flower spike arises from the centre of the rosette and is between 150 and 250 mm tall and bears 10 to 40 small white or pale pink flowers in mid-summer.
    Stenoglottis woodii is found near the coast in a small area of southern KwaZulu-Natal and adjacent parts of Pondoland on moist sandstone ledges where leaf mould has accumulated. The genus as a whole is only found in the southeastern parts of the African continent.

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    Q - Do you like this line drawing or the ones with more detail?

    — 6 days ago with 7 notes
    #Stenoglottis woodii  #tf orchids july  #orchids  #tf art  #drawing  #tf flowers 
    


Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 16 - Drawing number for the year #197 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
“Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis: This orchid was  a joy to work on, spent extra time on it and I feel it came out well.” - Steve
Note: The Fairy Slipper has two North American varieties, the Eastern Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa var. americana, found across North America,   It is easily identifiable by its yellow “beard” and lack of brown spotting on the lip and the Western Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis, found only west of Rockies and in the Cascades, has a white beard and is is heavily spotted.
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Q - Have you seen this orchid?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 16 - Drawing number for the year #197 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis: This orchid was  a joy to work on, spent extra time on it and I feel it came out well.- Steve

    Note: The Fairy Slipper has two North American varieties, the Eastern Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa var. americana, found across North America,   It is easily identifiable by its yellow “beard” and lack of brown spotting on the lip and the Western Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis, found only west of Rockies and in the Cascades, has a white beard and is is heavily spotted.

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    Q - Have you seen this orchid?

    — 1 week ago with 5 notes
    #tf orchids july  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #orchids  #drawing  #tf flowers  #Calypso  #Calypso bulbosa  #occidentalis 
    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 15 - Drawing number for the year #196 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
"Porroglossum olivaceum: I took a different direction with this orchid, I did lines but more of an abstract touch; whimsical.” - Steve
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Q - what do you see when you look at this orchid?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 15 - Drawing number for the year #196 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    "Porroglossum olivaceum: I took a different direction with this orchid, I did lines but more of an abstract touch; whimsical.- Steve

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    Q - what do you see when you look at this orchid?

    — 1 week ago with 5 notes
    #Porroglossum olivaceum  #Porroglossum  #tf orchids july  #orchids  #Steve MacDowall  #tf art  #drawing  #tf flowers 
    
Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 14 - Drawing number for the year #195 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month
"Dendrobium schrautii: with this orchid I changed to lines and it came out quite well I thought .” - Steve
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Q - what do you think of this orchid?

    Theme: Orchids - ink drawing; sketch - July 14 - Drawing number for the year #195 - 2014 - see below ‘#tf orchids july’ for the archive of this month

    "Dendrobium schrautii: with this orchid I changed to lines and it came out quite well I thought .- Steve

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    Q - what do you think of this orchid?

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes
    #tf orchids july  #Steve MacDowall  #orchids  #tf art  #drawing  #tf flowers  #Dendrobium schrautii  #Dendrobium