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Sunday, March 22, 2015

HONOHONO AND CATTLEYA ORCHIDS: The 61st Annual Kunia Orchid Show

Three years ago I posted on the 58th exhibition. of the Kunia Orchid Society.  Nothing much has changed.  There are educational lectures on Hohohono Culture and Orchid Basics, and a variety of orchids.  The show runs from Friday through Sunday, March 20-22.  Not sure why I took this photo, but this alien welcomes you when you enter.

Orchids come from the Greek orkhis, meaning testicle, because of the shape of the twin tubers,  The orchid family:
  •  is scientifically known as Orchidaceae
  • there are around 25,000 species found in 880 genera, like Cattleya and Dendrobium
  • the Honohono scientific name is Dendrobium anosmum, and is one of 1,400 species.  
  • Did you know that there are twice the number of orchid species than birds, and four times that of mammals?  
  • horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars:

Orchids appeared on Planet Earth during the Late Cretaceous Period, just before the most recent extinction event when the dinosaurs disappeared.  Here, this plant cannot move, is helpless and has survived almost a 100 million years.  Homo sapiens, us, might have arrived around 200,000 thousand years ago, unless, of course, you are like 42% of Americans who believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago.  This percentage has dropped, but only a little bit, while those who believe we evolved with no involvement of God more than doubled in the past third of a century (click on it to read the details):

That was my Sunday sermon.

The exhibit is in the gymnatorium of Leileihua High School, 1515 California Avenue, Wahiawa.  There are trophies and awards for displays.  The best in show was Jan Takamiya's Purple Pride Honohono, while the best cattleya was a walkeriana "semi-alba," owned by Doug DeMoss.

Those were two Honohonos, then two Cattleyas.  The rest of the lot:

I bought two Honohonos (very fragrant, with the white one more subtle) and a yellow Dendrobrium aggregatum (with Pearl):


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