dendrobium avril's gold 'ray' hcc/aos

orchidnickAugust 15, 2014

In 1996 I bought a small Dendrobium speciosum for $30. Eventually it started blooming but it bloomed in July, August etc and did not look like the usual Dend speciosum. In 2002 we were privileged to have David Banks as our speaker and he identified it as D Avril's Gold, award quality he commented. It has faithfully bloomed ever since and is in spike right now.

I have always wanted another one but they are just too expensive. Finally a couple of years ago, I bit the bullet and got a near blooming sized one from SBOE for $150. Way more that I was willing to spend but if I ever was to have another clone, there was no alternative.

Here then is the first bloom of D Avril's Gold 'Ray' HCC/AOS. The flower is small and the spike only has 6 or 7 buds but it's a fairly small plant which surprised me as I did not think It would be ready to bloom for another couple of years. I'm not disappointed, I like it but I'm biased. Both size and number of buds improved on the other one I have as it got bigger.

Arthur, a couple of questions. Are they as expensive in Australia? Do you know of this clone, I know AON listed it at one time. I will post a picture of my unnamed one in a few days as it's ready to bloom and would appreciate a comparison by you of the two. Thanks in advance.

And once again the Gremlins decided that there shall be no capitol letters in the title of the thread.


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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Hi Nick, I am not a good person to ask seeing I am not a member of the orchid judging fraternity.
Perhaps you are being Patriotic, but i suspect the award mentioned in your post is HCC/AOC (Australian Orchid Council).
Anyway, nice colours, fairly good shape, but the major factor that cannot be determined without more blooms on the raceme is the habit and arrangement of those blooms.
Yes, good quality clones are expensive here and Den. AvrilâÂÂs Gold has many awards, see link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Awards in Australia

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 5:53AM
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No patriotism intended, just a reflex of my typing fingers. AM/AOS, HCC/AOS just rolls off my fingers. You are right, it should be AOC. Looking at the list of awards gathered by this plant, it is amazing how few of these have made it to the US. I imported a bunch of speciosums and other small plants from AON once, a nightmare! 3 weeks after it was mailed The AG inspectors found something they did not like. I had a choice of having it destroyed, shipped back at my cost or sprayed for $180. I had it sprayed. All the large plants survived, all the small plants died. I'll never do that again.

The inspectors had an interesting take on this. Shipments from South America and some parts pf Asia usually breeze through inspections as the plants have been meticulously cleaned. All the old bracts have been removed and it looks as if the plants have been brushed with a tooth brush. They suspect it has something to do with prevailing wage which is low enough in some of these countries to allow for that kind of time consuming attention. This is not the case with shipment from AU where underneath some of the old bracts offensive organisms are often found. Maybe labor cost is too high there.

Last I heard, most of the major Au growers have stopped shipping to America. Too bad, our loss.


    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 10:14AM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Pity about the demise of conversations where we could discuss the wonders of the USA Medical/Labour systems versus the terrible (socialist) systems here. LOL.
Anyway, I thought it was only Australian customs that would spray plants with stuff that killed bugs plus the plants.
Flasks are not a problem, the years to flowering are.....
Anyway, at least you have some quality Dens in your collection.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 2:46PM
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Misunderstanding Arthur, the comparison was between the labor system of South American countries like Ecuador and Columbia with that of Australia. The customs agents suspect that cheap labor, which can laboriously clean plants, is more readily available there than in Australia leading to cleaner (their definition) plants from 3rd world countries.

Not only that but they also drive on the right side of the road.


    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 2:59PM
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inga007(Ont. 6a)

All "politics"aside,
Love the bloom. Very striking colours.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 8:36AM
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Darlene (GreenCurls)(6a)

I would love to have one of these but $150 is too steep for me at the moment. Nick's are so lovely it is tempting though.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 11:57AM
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Someone at our orchid society meeting last night told me that they were cloned and he has seen some for a very reasonable price. Keep a look out for that. I have never seen one for a low price but if there are a few thousand knocking around , it might happen.


    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 12:32PM
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tucker_sp(Z4 MN)

With flowers that beautiful, I might even give it a try, even though Aussie Dens have not done well for me.


    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 1:48PM
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