Common Name The Bright Catasetum
Found in Colombia as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte that blooms in the winter
Synonyms Catasetum lucis f. tigrinum P.Ortiz & G.Arango 1994
Catasetum lucis P.Ortiz & G.Arango
This species native range is Colombia
Catasetum lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' (Awards)
From 2019 Growing Season
SVO 7315 Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' AM/AOS) (My grow-blog - link needed)
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 Ctsm. 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!
This plant arrived with a "first year's growth" barely an inch tall, the second year's growth was about 6 inches in height and last year, the first year I possessed this orchid, the bulb measured approximately 10 inches and leaf spread was well over 2 feet from leaf tip to leaf tip so this does qualify as a "space hog". It did not spike / bloom perhaps due to immaturity.
2020 Growing Season
Ctsm. lucis (Ctsm. lucis 'SVO' x Ctsm. lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' AM/AOS)
Ctsm. lucis was described in 1994 from plants discovered in the disputed border area between Colombia and Venezuela. Only a few plants were found, and we were fortunate to acquire this species in 2007. The plants only bloomed male for many years, and several crosses were made with the pollen. I was beginning to wonder if these would ever produce female flowers. Finally, after 9 years, a plant produced female flowers. Yes, I waited 9 years to make a sib cross!!! What make this Catasetum remarkable are the upright inflorescences 4' or more in length that carry 20+ green flowers with white lips! As a bonus, flowers last 3-4 weeks, which is very unusual for a Catasetum. These are large, robust plants and very rare in cultivation. Don't miss out on this one! These are very rare and highly collectable! (Sunset Valley Orchids)
One lesson from last year that I will strive to improve on is to entice all the Catasetinaes to grow up and not to the side by rotating the individual plants as they desire to grow towards the light of the sun. This will help with space (leaf spread) and balance of the potted orchid.
This is my first attempt with this orchid and I am looking forward to this blooming. I am reasonably convinced that it might not bloom this first year as the plant is perhaps still immature - but next year it should bloom
anticipating the arrival of this orchid the first week of February.