Saturday, 16 February 2019 06:38

Clowesia Rebecca Northen

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Mormodes hookeri

 

Common Name Hooker's Mormodes [William Hooker - English orchid enthusiast late 1800's]

Flower Size 1.5" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1000 to 1250 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with smaller pseudobulbs, that are leafless at blooming, carrying several, plicate, rather narrow, soon deciduous leaves that blooms in the winter on a short, erect, rather few flowered infloresence carrying very fragrant flowers

Synonyms Mormodes atropurpurea Hook. 1851; Mormodes barbata Lindl. & Paxton 1851

 

Photo Right:  Mormodes hookeri 'Baker's Panama' 

 

Source:  IOSPE PHOTOS  Photo:  Brent Baker

 

 

( Clowesia Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Mormodes hookeri 'Black Fuzz' )

 

The hybrid genus is a Mormodia (Mo.) which results from the crossing of Mormodes and Clowesia. Clowesia Rebecca Northen (Cl. Grace Dunn x Cl. rosea) is a famous and well recognized plant, it is easy to grow, has beautiful frilly pink flowers with a marvelous citrus fragrance, all produced on multiple pendent inflorescences. The Mormodes hookeri ‘Black Fuzz’ blooms with 2-3 upright spikes per bulb, carrying 12-15 flowers each in a beautiful dark burgundy petals and sepals with a nearly black fuzzy lips. Mormodes are dominant for color transfer to their offspring. This cross will flower late in year, producing cascading inflorescences with 12-16 flowers in shades of burgundy with darker lips. They will also have a very intoxicating fragrance during day light hours. Mature plants will be spectacular. New as of 11/28/2018

 

 

Description and Photos courtesy Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

 

Clowesia Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink'

 

Mormodes hookeri 'Black Fuzz'

 

Catasetum saccatum

 

Common Name The Sack-Shaped Catasetum

Flower Size 4" [9 to 10 cm]

 

Found as a large sized, variable, caespitose, hot to cool growing epiphyte in Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in tropical montane forests on many different types of trees at altitudes of 200 to 1700 meters, with fusiform, elongate pseudobulbs with 4 to 7 elliptic-lanceolate, petiolate, acute leaves that blooms from the early winter through spring on an erect or pendant, 8" to 16" [25 to 68 cm] long, loose to many [3 to 21] flowered, bracteate, racemose inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers arising on a nearly mature pseudobulb

Like most Catasetum, needs a definite rest period after the blooming season when it will drop its leaves. The flowers are different in that they can eject their pollina up to 8 ft from the plant. This species enjoys nearly full sunlight, warmth, plenty of water and fertilizer and only needs a rest if it has become obviously dormant.

See also Catasetum incurvum which is often cited as a synonym of C saccatum but has sufficient differences to be kept a species in it's own right. Tthey differ in the size of the flowers, the lip and the densly flowered inflorescence.

 

Source: http://www.orchidspecies.com/catasetumsacatum.htm

 

 

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(Catasetum saccatum 'Dark Warrior' x Catasetum saccatum 'Brooklyn Botanic Garden' FCC/AOS)

 

This is one of my favorite species, and I'm always happy when these plants flower 3-4 times a season, with inflorescences up to 3' long holding 25 or more well-arranged flowers!!!  A bit of history: a while back I made a sibling cross of saccatum ('SVO' x 'SVO II'), and the best plant from that cross was named 'Dark Wonder' for its very dark rich burgundy petals and sepals.  This pairing might very well produce the best group of saccatum seen; it sure has the genetic potential!

 

Photo Left:  Catasetum saccatum 'Dark Wonder'

 

Photo Right:  Catasetum saccatum 'Brooklyn Botanic Garden' FCC/AOS

 

Description and photos courtesy of Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

 

Friday, 15 February 2019 03:17

Catasetum Orchidglade

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Catasetum Orchidglade

Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum expansum

 

Catasetum Orchidglade

Jones & Scully 1974 - registered (RHS)

Catasetum pileatum × Catasetum expansum

 

Friday, 15 February 2019 03:15

Catasetum Mary Spencer

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Catasetum Mary Spencer

Catasetum socco × Catasetum pileatum

 

 

Friday, 15 February 2019 03:12

Catasetum Susan Fuchs

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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

 

Friday, 15 February 2019 03:11

Catasetum João Stivalli

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Catasetum João Stivalli

Catasetum Mary Spencer × Catasetum pileatumt

Catasetum João Stivalli

J.Stivali 1995 - registered (RHS)

Catasetum Mary Spencer × Catasetum pileatum

 

Thursday, 14 February 2019 22:36

Catasetuim Melana Davision

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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' 

 

Below is the reverse breeding (or reciprocal breeding) of the above.

 

Catasetum Melana Davison

(Catasetum Penang 'Sweetheart'  x  Catasetum denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS)

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 5001 is the reciprocal.  This was SVO item 5995

 

Above  Catasetum denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS

 

Right:  Catasetum Penang 'Sweet Heart'

 

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