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 September 2014
Fantastic Catasetinae
The Other Odontoglossums
Thwack Those Thrips!

Coming Soon:
Requests for Proposals for Orchid Conservation and Research Projects

The American Orchid Society (AOS) Research/Conservation Committee is preparing an up-dated format for project requests for grant funding in orchid conservation and orchid research. We will be happy to be accepting grant requests in both of these vital areas very soon. Only through conservation and research can the AOS save species and advance the survival of the Orchidaceae which is at the core of our mission.

Check back here to check on the details for submitting proposals.


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This year the American Orchid Society Fall Members' Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Orlando North in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the 16th International Slipper Orchid Symposium. The dates are October 29 through November 2, 2014. The event promises to be an orchid extravaganza featuring world class lectures. Lecture topics offer something for everyone, from Phals to Paphs. Registrants will also be able to be able to attend meetings of several orchid specialty groups. The orchid show will include AOS judging and vendors from around the world.

The Fall Members Meeting are a great time for meeting old friends and making new ones. The event is an excellent way to expand your network of orchid friends. As you will see in the agenda, the schedule is packed with fun events like the preview party, AOS auction and banquet. If you have never been to an AOS Members' Meeting, take the plunge. You won't regret it!

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the complete agenda and registration form here.

Call for Nominations: Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society

We are seeking nominations for members of the Board of Trustees of the American Orchid Society. Members may nominate any member in good standing, including themselves. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominating Committee and a slate will be mailed, in accordance with the by-laws, prior to the election at the Members’ Meeting in the spring of 2015. The following competencies have been determined by the Board and Trustees and will be used in the evaluation:

All nominees shall be:
  • A member in good standing,
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior,
  • Process strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Have board experience with a non-profit organization
Expertise in the following is desirable and will weigh heavily in the evaluation:
  • Finance, business, and/or investment strategies
  • Non-profit governance
  • Development/fund raising
  • Legal background
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Marketing
  • Attend monthly conference-call type meetings.
  • Attend two face-to-face meetings annually (trustees must pay own travel expenses.).
  • Trustees receive no compensation for their services.
  • Financially support the organization in a manner commensurate with one’s ability, while seeking additional financial support elsewhere.
  • Advocate on behalf of the organization and be ambassadors to the orchid community.
Nominations should be submitted in writing by e-mail to or to the — American Orchid Society at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, FL 33156 and must include biographical information as well as a statement of the nominee’s qualifications. Nominations must be receieved no later than October 31, 2014.

We are preparing text and images for our fifth annual magazine supplement. What started as a way to publish an article that was too big for a regular issue of ORCHIDS (Phil Spence’s detailed look at the Latouria section of Dendrobium) has become an eagerly anticipated bonus issue of the year. A separate publication gives us the opportunity to present a monograph to our members each year without compromising the general interest of the monthly issues. We continually strive to improve the quality of the supplement giving AOS members a valuable addition to their orchid libraries.

For the 2014 supplement we are fortunate to be able to give members a comprehensive overview of Stanhopea written by the acknowledged expert on the genus, Rudolf Jenny. Once again we appeal to our members for a small (or large) donation to underwrite the expense of the project. Your donation serves as a vote of confidence that you want us to continue producing an annual supplement. Please select "Annual Magazine Supplement" as donation type. Thank you.

New Digital Membership Level


Our membership has welcomed the digital edition of ORCHIDS magazine. Now AOS is pleased to announce our new digital-only membership level. Today there are many options for having editorial content delivered to our home or office. While for some, the feel of a paper magazine in-hand cannot be replaced, the convenience of an archive of magazines on a device that fits in a pocket cannot be denied. For those who want both, our regular membership continues to fill that need. For those people on the go who want to be able to catch up on the latest ORCHIDS as time permits, our new digital-only membership is perfect. The digital edition includes robust tools that allow notation, bookmarks, different viewing options and pdf download. You can search a single issue or an entire volume. Perfect for students and researchers! Add an Orchids Plus® subscription to your membership and you have access to a wealth of orchid information - anytime, anywhere, on any device.
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Cypripedium parviflorum var parviflorum Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum

Hugh numbers of plants around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Photo © Dave McAdoo

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