Catasetum / Hybrids

Hybrid orchids are the result of an experienced grower controlling the breeding of two orchids that result in a hybrid orchid with traits from both parent orchids. These traits can include determining the overall size of the new orchid, appearance of the bloom, and growing conditions. Hybrid orchids are generally easier to care for. Hybrid orchids might also include more dramatic and longer lasting blooms.

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Catasetum Black Knight

Catasetum expansum × Catasetum tenebrosum

 

 

Catasetum Brent's Black Hawk

 

Catasetum tenebrosum × Catasetum Donna Wise

 

These will produce lots of dark chocolate/maroon flowers with bright green lips on long arching stems.  Some flowers may be almost black and will be very striking, with their contrasting green lips.  This is a very vigorous hybrid that will flower in early spring, summer and fall.

 

 

Photo Credit:  Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids  (SVO 5992)

Catasetum Chuck Taylor

Catasetum Portagee Star ‘Jamie Lawson’s Sunrise’ HCC/AOS × Catasetum denticulatum ‘SVO’ AM/AOS

Catasetum Portagee Star (Catasetum expansum x Catasetum Black Knight) interestingly this grex has the 3 same parental species as the famous Catasetum Donna Wise, pileatum, expansum, and tenebrosum. 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' carries up to 15 flowers in shades of yellow and burgundy, and is very attractive. The denticulatum has a nice yellow lip, 25 flowers and is a small growing plant. Here we are breeding in a new direction for reduced plant size while keeping good flower color and high flower count. This direction in breeding for small growing plants has been spectacular. SVO Item 2211

 

Description and photo courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

Catasetum Dagny 'Fantastica'

 

Catasetum pileatum x Catasetum Brent's Black Hawk

 

Catasetum Dagny (pileatum x Brent's Black Hawk) has several noteworthy qualities: exceptionally rich deep red flower color with a just a spot of bright yellow in the center of the lip, long arching inflorescences carrying 12 -15 flowers each, and plants that bloom 2-3 times a season.

 

Description and photo courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids - Item 2671

Catasetum Dapper Dots

Catasetum sanguineum x Catasetum pileatum var. aureum

 

Catasetum sanguineum

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Catasetum pileatum var. aureum

 

 

 

 

 

Catasetum Dona Marie

Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum cristatum

 

 

A work in progress

 Catasetum Donna Wise

 Catasetum tenebrosum  ×  Catasetum Orchidglade

 

Catasetum Donna Wise is an orchid hybrid originated by E.Wise in 1995. It is a cross of Catasetum tenebrosum  x Catasetum Orchidglade.

 

Photo Right:  Catasetum Donna Wise 'Susan' AM/AOS, courtesy Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

 

Catasetum Doris's Choice

Catasetum fimbriatum × Catasetum pileatum

 

 

A work in progress

Catasetum Double Down

Catasetum Chuck Taylor 'Wow' x Catasetum kieberianum 'SVO'

Catasetum Chuck Taylor is an excellent mini-Catasetum, with rich burgundy petals and sepals, and a contrasting yellow lip. It's just beautiful! Catasetum kleberianum is a great mini-Catasetum species, producing strikingly-colored flowers that combine dark barring on the petals and sepals with a bright yellow lips. As a bonus, it also carries 15 or more flowers per stem. These will be mini-Catasetums with bright yellow lips, and the petals and sepals will have dark bars, some of which will be solid burgundy! This is one of those 'not to be missed' mini-Catasetums. (SVO 7312)


Description and photo courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

 

 

 

Catasetum Frilly Doris

Catasetum Doris's Choice × Catasetum Dona Marie

 

 

A work in progress

Catasetum Hat Trick 'Top Hat' AM/AOS

Catasetum José Abalo × Catasetum fimbriatum

 

Catasetum José Abalo (Catasetum sanguineum x Catasetum Orchidglade) is an outstanding plant with a striking flower. Inflorescences are 24” long and held straight up, carrying 15-18 flowers in dark burgundy (almost black) with lips that are thick and hard. You really need to see this in person to fully appreciate the quality. Catasetum fimbriatum v. morrenianum is the unusual dark burgundy color form of this species.  This fimbriatum is free flowering and has produced a number of very nice offspring.  I am expecting some amazing flower colors in deep burgundy to near black, with lips that are frilled and of heavy substance.  This is a very novel hybrid with exceptional potential!   This cross is now named Catasetum Hat Trick.  

 

Description and photo courtesy Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids

 

 

 

 

 

Catasetum João Stivalli

Catasetum Mary Spencer × Catasetum pileatumt

Catasetum João Stivalli

J.Stivali 1995 - registered (RHS)

Catasetum Mary Spencer × Catasetum pileatum

Catasetum John C. Burchett

Catasetum João Stivalli × Catasetum Susan Fuchs

Catasetum John C. Burchett is an orchid hybrid originated by Bela-Vista in 2007. It is a cross of Catasetum João Stivalli  x  Catasetum Susan Fuchs.


 

Photo: Catasetum John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS

(Courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

Catasetum Mark Dimmit

(Catasetum Donna Wise × Catasetum Orchidglade)

 

Catasetum Mark Dimmitt is an orchid hybrid originated by Mark Dimmitt in 2005. It is a cross of Catasetum Donna Wise x Catasetum Orchidglade.  Catasetum Mark Dimmit has a solid deep burgundy red flower color and full Catasetum pileatum shaped lip.

 

 

Photo Right:  (Catasetum Donna Wise  x  Orchidglade), courtesy Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids 

Catasetum Mary Spencer

Catasetum socco × Catasetum pileatum

 

Catasetum Mary Spencer is an orchid hybrid originated by R.W.Spencer in 1974. It is a cross of Catasetum socco x Catasetum pileatum. It is considered a "primary hybrid" because it is a cross between two species.   

Catasetuim Melana Davison

Catasetum denticulatum × Catasetum Penang

(Catasetum denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Catasetum Penang 'Sweet Heart')

This grex has produced a variety of eye-catching flower colors, from solid deep burgundy to white blotched burgundy and white with fine red spotting. This is a new mini-Catasetum, with mature plants only 5” tall thanks to the influence of Catasetum denticulatum. Expect 15-20 flowers, 2-3 times per season. It's always interesting to see the effect of reciprocal breeding on the flower quality, and SVO 5995 is the reciprocal. This was SVO item 5001

 

Above Catasetum denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS

 

Right: Catasetum Penang 'Sweet Heart'

Catasetum Millie's Frilly Dragon 'Chocolate Frills'

 

Catasetum Frilly Doris ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS  × Catasetum Voodoo Dragon ‘SVO Vampire’

 

The Catasetum Frilly Doris (Catasetum Doris Choice x Catasetum Donna Marie) is a proven breeder having a fantastic frilly lip, beautiful arrangement and blooms 3 times a year.  Catasetum Voodoo Dragon (Catasetum Dragon’s Teeth x Catasetum Crownfox Voodoo) has an interesting dark color with a lip that looks like it has 2 fangs and 25 flowers per stem.  Breeding for flowers with blotches of color in shades of burgundy and a frilly or fanged lip. (SVO 5065)

 

Description and photo courtesy of Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids

 

 

 

 


 

Catasetum Orchidglade

Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum expansum

 

Catasetum Orchidglade


Jones & Scully 1974 - registered (RHS)


Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum expansum

Catasetum Penang

Catasetum Susan Fuchs × Catasetum pileatumt

 

Catasetum Penang is an orchid hybrid originated by Ooi Leng Sun in 1989. It is a cross of Catasetum Susan Fuchs x Catasetum pileatum.

 

species composition:

Catasetum pileatum (63%) + Catasetum expansum (38%)

 

Searching my usual sources, as of yet have not been able to find any history of awards for this particular hybrid.  This is interesting for a hybrid that has been used as a parent in 19 hybrids and counting.

 

Catasetum Portagee Star

Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum Black Knight

 

Catasetum Portagee Star

F.Dishman 2002 - registered (RHS)

Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum Black Knight

Catasetum Susan Fuchs

Catasetum expansum × Catasetum Orchidglade

 

Catasetum Susan Fuchs

R.F.Orchids 1982 - registered (RHS)

Catasetum expansum × Catasetum Orchidglade

 

Catasetum Susan Fuchs 'Sunrise' JC AOS Photo courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

Unregistered Hybrid

 

(Catasetum Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Catasetum lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' AM/AOS)

 

Flower quality in Portagee Star is surprisingly nice, with just three species in its background: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  What makes Catasetum lucis remarkable is its upright 4' long inflorescence that carries many long-lived green flowers with white lips.  Earlier crosses in this style of breeding have been excellent.  We are expecting flower color to range between yellow with a red blush to pure white.  These will have high flower count, strong stems and flower longevity of 3-4 weeks, a nice trait passed on by lucis to its offspring. These will surprise you with their flower quality! (Description and photos courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

Photo right: Catasetum Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS

Photo Left: Catasetum lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradisel'  AM/AOS

 

This is an as of yet registered hybrid. SVO item 7315

Unregistered Hybrid

 

(Catasetum Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Catasetum Melana Davison 'Fox Tail')

 

The flower quality of Portagee Star is surprisingly nice: the shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red. Melana Davison (Catasetum Penang x Catasetum denticulatum) has been a landmark hybrid in the breeding of reduced plant size while maintaining excellent flower size, shape, color, and count. It also has been recognized with 7 AM/AOS awards! The mostly red flowers of 'Fox Tail' have an excellent presentation; the flower count is very high. Here we have crossed the standard-sized Portagee Star onto a first generation mini-Catasetum Melana Davison. These plants will still be small growers and stay under 8” tall. I expect excellent flower form, increased bloom size and easy culture. These should produce many-flowered inflorescences 2-3 times a season. Flower color will vary from light yellow to dark red and everything in-between. (Description and photos courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

Photo right: Catasetum Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS

Photo Left: Catasetum Melana Davison 'Fox Tail'

 

This is an as of yet registered hybrid. SVO item 7311

Unregistered Hybrid

 

(Catasetum tenebrosum 'Ed#2' AM/AOS x Catasetum Double Down 'BPYL')

 

This type of breeding has been in the planning for many years. I have always wanted to breed Catasetums with dark burgundy segments and bright yellow lips. Finally, here it is! Catasetum tenebrosum is a showy species and the cultivar used here has the best color and shape, with dark petals and sepals and a contrasting chartreuse lip. One of the important characteristics of tenebrosum as a parent is its early blooming. This is one of the first Catasetums to flower each season, and the bloom spikes develop with the new growths, traits that are useful in developing early-to-bloom hybrids. Catasetum Double Down (Chuck Taylor x kleberianum) produced many plants that flowered with dark segments and yellow lips. The cultivar used here, 'BPYL,' stands for 'Black Petals Yellow Lip,' and the flowers have great color contrast on plants that bloom 3-4 times a year. The addition of tenebrosum with its early flowering habit and complementary flower colors should result in plants that bloom early, mid, and late season with very dark segments and bright yellow lips.

Description and photos couertsy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

Unregistered Hybrid

 

( Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Dagny 'Fantastica' )

 

work in progress

 

Ctsm. John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is a spectacular hybrid! The huge, flat, nearly black lip of the cultivar 'Ursa Major' really impressed the judges, and this plant received a First Class Certificate (FCC/AOS) for Ryan Kowalczyk. 'Ursa Major' blooms 2-3 times a year, and female flowers are often produced first each season, thus this plant has been used frequently as a capsule parent. Ctsm. Dagny (pileatum x Brent's Black Hawk) has several noteworthy qualities: exceptionally rich deep red flower color with a just a spot of bright yellow in the center of the lip, long arching inflorescences carrying 12 -15 flowers each, and plants that bloom 2-3 times a season.   Both parents have big-lipped Catasetums (pileatum and expansum) in their background. Look for this cross to deliver big flowers, flat lips, colors from deep red to the darkest burgundy, and 12-15 blooms per stem 2-3 times a year!!! (Description and photos courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

Photo right: Catasetum John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS

Photo Left: Catasetum Dagny 'Fantastica'

 

This is an as of yet registered hybrid. SVO item 7621

Unregistered Hybrid

 

( Ctsm. Millie's Frilly Dragon 'Chocolate Frills' x Ctsm. Hat Trick 'Top Hat' AM/AOS )

 

work in progress

 

The flower quality of Portagee Star is surprisingly nice: the shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red. Melana Davison (Catasetum Penang x Catasetum denticulatum) has been a landmark hybrid in the breeding of reduced plant size while maintaining excellent flower size, shape, color, and count. It also has been recognized with 7 AM/AOS awards! The mostly red flowers of 'Fox Tail' have an excellent presentation; the flower count is very high. Here we have crossed the standard-sized Portagee Star onto a first generation mini-Catasetum Melana Davison. These plants will still be small growers and stay under 8” tall. I expect excellent flower form, increased bloom size and easy culture. These should produce many-flowered inflorescences 2-3 times a season. Flower color will vary from light yellow to dark red and everything in-between. (Description and photos courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

Photo right: Catasetum Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS

Photo Left: Catasetum Melana Davison 'Fox Tail'

 

This is an as of yet registered hybrid. SVO item 7311

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