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Catasetum Hat Trick 'Top Hat' AM/AOS)


Catasetum. Jose 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 José Abalo × Catasetum fimbriatum  


Ancestry (total 6)




Catasetum expansum




Catasetum fimbriatum




Catasetum pileatum




Catasetum sanguineum




Catasetum Orchidglade




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Photos by Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids



AOS Award History




Catasetum Hat Trick ‘Top Hat’ HCC/AOS 78 pts.
© Arthur Pinkers 2018

Plant Name: Catasetum Hat Trick ‘Top Hat’ HCC/AOS 78 pts.
Parentage: (Ctsm. José Abalo x Ctsm. fimbriatum)


Natural Spread Horizontal: 7.9 cm Vertical: 6.8 cm
Dorsal Sepal
Width: 1.0 cm Length: 4.1 cm
Petal Width: 1.3 cm Length: 4.3 cm
Lateral Sepal (Synsepal): Width: 1.5 cm Length: 4.3 cm
Lip (Pouch): Width: 4.8 cm Length: 3.9 cm


Description: Twenty-three male flowers and two female flowers on two arching, pendulous inflorescences; male flower sepals and petals dark burgundy, lip saccate, cream overlaid dark burgundy, spotted and blotched black-burgundy around the central depression and crest, margin deeply erose, column white, dorsal surface overlaid dark burgundy, anther cap cream spotted burgundy; substance firm; texture waxy; female flower sepals and petals dark burgundy, lip pouch shaped, light green, dark burgundy picotee, dotted and striated dark burgundy internally, column light green, substance firm, texture waxy.
Exhibitor: Fred Clarke





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