General Meeting: Sunday May 16, 2021

Our May 16th meeting will be a two-part programme. In Part 1 our speaker will be Sandra Micucci. She will talk about the Angraecum sesquipedale and how it came to be called Darwin’s orchid. Many of us have heard only the bare bones of the story; Sandra will take us back to Madagascar in 2004 with Dr. Philip DeVries of the University of New Orleans to witness the exciting proof of Charles Darwin’s 1862 prediction that an insect pollinator existed with a proboscis long enough to suck the nectar from the nectary of the Angraecum sesquipedale. It was with this observation that Darwin argued his coevolution model.

Sandra is known to OSRBG members for her role on the Executive Board of our Society. You may NOT know that Dr. Micucci is an Epidemiologist, specialized in evidence-based medicine. She retired from her position as Associate Director of the Evidence-based Medicine Centre at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 2010 and returned to Canada, where she and her husband Andrew started an engineering company in Brantford. Although company business takes a good portion of her time, Sandra developed an interest in orchids and joined the OSRBG in 2013. Last year she was accepted as an AOS student judge. Sandra is interested in many genres of orchids, but orchids of Madagascar and especially Angraecoid orchids are quickly becoming her favourites.

Clowesia Afterglow ‘B-C II’ AM/AOS
Photo by Rob Vanderheyden

In Part 2 the speaker will be Rob Vanderheyden, our current Vice-President, Orchidata editor and Zoom-master. Rob will give his presentation on how he grows orchids from the Catasetinae family and cool growing orchids at home. Rob’s presentation has been deferred twice due to a lack of time and we are looking forward to finally hearing from him and seeing photos of his growing area. Rob bought his first Catasetum in February 2018 at the OSRBG show and his Catasetum collection has grown to about 68 plants since then!

As usual, the meeting will take place via Zoom, with invitations being sent automatically to OSRBG members. Potential guests (or anyone with questions about this process) may contact Rob Vanderheyden at The meeting starts at 2 pm (Eastern daylight saving time); doors will be open, so to speak, at 1:30 for those who want to get settled and socialize a bit in advance.

There will also be a virtual show table. Members should send photos of their blooms to by 7 pm on Friday May 14 so that they can be put into a powerpoint. Please include the name of the orchid and its parentage (if known), as well as your name and any remarks you wish to make about it.