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November 2016


We celebrate the life of Roelie van Rooyen, orchid lover, hybridiser of more than 2 000 orchids, founder of Van Rooyen Orchids, who sadly passed away on 8 November 2016.

March 2015

Tinus Oberholtser explains some understanding more of Orchid Naming and name changes in a recent SAOC newsletter.

Trevor from Umkamaas sent this to us:
"I inherited some orchids from a friend’s mother. I have tried to find out more about them by looking them up on
the Internet.
One has a label in it which says Pot. Tapestry Peak. I found a plant on the web called Rlc. Tapestry Peak, but I
can’t find anything called Pot. Tapestry Peak. Please help.

ANSWER  (Tinus Oberholtzer)

 Trevor, this is an interesting subject as many people struggle with the same or a similar question. The reason for

the difference in genus on the label from the one you found on the web, is due to the latest name changes within

the orchid family. Due to genetic studies to ascertain the relationship of different species and genera within the

orchid family, it has been decided by the botanists involved in said studies that certain plants will have to

undergo name changes to represent them correctly. The Laeliinae or Cattleya-alliance (as it is also known) is

one of these groups which underwent considerable name changes.

Your plant in particular used to be known as Potinara (Pot. in short). Potinara is a hybrid genus which was

created to assist with the registration and record keeping of hybrids which contain the following genera: Cattleya,

Laelia, Sophronitis and Brassavola. The Sophronitis species have now all been grouped in the genus Cattleya

and the Brassavola in question, Brassavola digbyana, is now known as Rhyncholaelia digbyana. The Laelia

species in the background of your hybrid was also moved to be included in the genus Cattleya. Your plants is

now a combination of Cattleya and Rhyncholaelia, hence the need for the new hybrid grex:

Rhyncholaeliocattleya (Rlc. in short).

The name changes have brought with it much confusion, but change is sometimes necessary.

In short, your plant is part of the Cattleya-alliance and should have reasonably large flowers. It requires the same

growing conditions as do most large-flowered Cattleya-type plants.


July 2014


Dave and Barbara Gordon paid the nursery a visit to come and take some pictures from orchids that they want to enter for the photographic competition for the upcoming World Orchid Congress in Johannesburg in September. Here is an examples of Dave's amazing macro work.


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Because Roelie, founder of Van Rooyen Orchids, had done a lot of hybridising in the Maudiae group, we decided to choose Paph. Tarentaal as our logo. This delightful cross of Paph. Maudiae (coloratum) x Katja Kastrup was made in 1983 by him and is named after our indigenous spotted bird, the guinea-fowl.

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21 November 2007 - Juanita Ferreira - 100 YEARS!

We celebrated a very special occasion in November 2007 - Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Juanita Ferreira, celebrated her 100th birthday! In honour of her we named one of our new hybrids that was flowering on the day Sc Juanita Ferreira

She passed away on 20 November 2012, one day before turning 105.

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Sophrocattleya Juanita Ferreira
(Sc Glad Tidings x Sc Moochie)

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Some recent award winners from the Van Rooyen stable:



Award 1798
Paphiopedilum St Swithin 'Super Saint'AM/SAOC 89%
(Paph phillipinense x rothschildianum)


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Award 1812
Polystachya Rodcamp 'White River'

(campyloglossa x Rodney Ellis)


AWARD NO: 1464

Renanthera imschootiana ‘Volcano’ AM/SAOC 82%


Award 1790

Paphiopedilum Houghtoniae 'Tagentag'

(Paph haynaldianum x Paph rothschildianum)


SAOC Orchid & Species of the year 2004

Cirrhopetalum eberhardtii 'Tzarina'


SAOC Species of the year 2002

Paph mastersianum


SAOC Orchid & Species of the year 2003

Paph delenatii 'Angela'


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