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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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