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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

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