Dome Show 2017
The WOC Trust Trophy which 'Honours the grower of the best species orchid' was won by Dr
Masahiro Saito for his Trichocentrum splendidum 'Akiko', a species from Central America where it grows as
a lithophyte at around 800-850m. The species was first described by Duchartre in 1862 from a Guatemalan specimen in
Achille Richard's Herbarium as Oncidium splendidum before it was transferred to
Trichocentrum in 2001 by Chase and Williams. Dr Saito is a familiar name as he has won one of the
trophies four times in the past five years. He is also an amateur grower managing to maintain a large collection of
specimen plants in between his work as a Gynaecologist.