The Plant of the Evening for the January 2019 meeting was Dockrillia Limestone. The plant, a rather small specimen, had 8 flowering spikes each bearing 6-7 large attractive flowers, all in good conditions. Each flower was widely open with spreading shiny light greenish yellow tepals, with reddish stripes in the centre. It is grown in a weave pot and hung under 50% shade cloth.
It is a hybrid between Dockrillia bowmanii and Dockrillia cucumerina. The terete leaves of this plant come from the Doc. bowmanii parent while the other parent (Doc. cucumerina) gives it floriferousness. The hybrid has inherited other floral characteristics of both parents, e.g. shape and colour from Doc. bowmanii, red stripes of tepals and red markings of labellum from Doc. cucumerina.
Interesting to note that natural form of this hybrid can be found in Toowoomba area, Queensland. It is safe to assume that both parents which have overlapping flowering time (November to February) exist in the area. The hybrid was registered in 1986 and since has not been used much for further breeding, with only two offspring so far, namely Doc. Gillieston’s Pepper Pot (x Doc. fuliginosa) and Doc. Anthedon Magic (x Doc. brevicauda).