Orchids - but no hummingbirds

19:52, Sep 06 2012
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BIG DADDY: Orchid enthusiast George Fuller eyes up his Masdevallia Veitchiana ‘‘Conquistador,’’ which will be on display at the Taranaki Orchid Society’s annual spring show this weekend.

Orchids with origins in the Andes mountains of South America will be among the must-sees at this weekend's Taranaki Orchid Society show.

Retired Pukekura Park curator George Fuller will be displaying his hybrid called Masdevallia Trevor Gillbanks which is almost identical to 2012 New Zealand's Orchid of the Year, Masdevallia Heathii "Moosy". He'll also be showing its parent plant Masdevallia Veitchiana "Conquistador" from Peru.

Mr Fuller said his hybrid, which came from the plant - pollinated by hummingbirds in its native South American environment - had caught the eye of officials in the past.

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BIG DADDY: Orchid enthusiast George Fuller eyes up his Masdevallia Veitchiana ‘‘Conquistador,’’ which will be on display at the Taranaki Orchid Society’s annual spring show this weekend.

"It had such a good quality that in 2010 local judges gave it an award of merit," he said.

The annual Taranaki Orchid Society show at Highlands Intermediate School this the weekend will feature displays by Taranaki enthusiasts and visitors from outside the region, including growers from Whakatane.

Society president Cyril Whittaker said he expected there would be hundreds of varieties of the exotic flower on display.

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"The [Taranaki] club has a big table. One guy rang and he has a hundred plants to sell," Mr Whittaker said. "We also sell a variety of posies from $2.50 up - which is reasonably priced."

Mr Whittaker said the show was an excellent way to aquaint people with orchids and encouraged people of all ages to come along to see it.

The show runs in the Highlands Intermediate School hall from 10am to 4pm tomorrow and on Sunday. Entry is free, although a donation is welcome.

Justin Butler is Witt journalism student

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