Mormodes is a very interesting genus within Catasetinae. They've gotten a reputation as hard to grow…and some are. I have been growing them for years, and I now have selected the best growers and bloomers. Interestingly, hybrids between two species or “primary hybrids” like this one exhibit a phenomenon called ‘hybrid vigor,’ in which the offspring are more vigorous and easier to grow and flower compared to the parent species. These will bloom with 2-4 inflorescences per bulb and fragrant, colorful flowers in orange-gold with darker burgundy spotting. If you have good success growing Catasetums, these should do equally well. ( - Fred Clarke of Sunset alley Orchids )
Mormodes Mimi is an orchid hybrid originated by F.Clarke in 2016. It is a cross of Morm. lawrenceana x Morm. ignea. It is considered a "primary hybrid" because it is a cross between two species.
(Catasetum Extravaganza 'Super Nice' x Catasetum dentigrianum 'Best')
( Catasetum Dentigrianum 'SVO Upgrade' x Catasetum tigrinum 'SVO' )
This is a very floriferous hybrid influenced by the exceptional flower count of Clowesia russelliana. The flowers will be green to deep jade green, and lips will be green with a dark burgundy center. Expect many flowers on 2-foot-long pendulous inflorescences. Yes, you read it right – Two-foot- long inflorescences. These plants will produce a memorable show of long-lasting flowers in late summer. A spectacular hybrid.
Description and photos courtesy of Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids
Photo credit: Worranittha Koenig
Clowesetum Black Jade ( Clowesia russelliana 'David N.' x Catasetum expansum 'Myra' HCC/AOS ) - Grow Blog
Catasetum Unname Hybrid ( Catasetum Dentigrianum 'SVO Upgrade' x Catasetum tigrinum 'SVO' ) - Grow Blog
Catasetum Melana Davison ( Catasetum denticulatum 'Orange Lip' x Catasetum Penang 'Sweetheart' ) - Grow Blog
Catasetum Noname Hybrid ( Catasetum Extravaganza 'Super Nice' x Catasetum Dentigrianum 'Best' ) - Grow Blog
Mormodia Unnamed Hybrid ( Clowesia Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Mormodes Jumbo Bacia 'SVO' AM/AOS ) - Grow Blog
(Clowesia Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Mormodes Mimi 'Wide Segements') - Grow Blog
Common Name: Russell's Clowesia [English Duke of Bedford and Orchid Grower 1800's]
Flower Size 2.5" [6.25 cm]
A large sized, warm growing, epiphytic species from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela found in fairly dry, open forests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters with ovoid, several noded, grooved with age pseudobulbs mostly enveloped by the sheaths of 6 to 8 plicate, deciduous, suberect, oblanceolate to oblong-oblanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a 15" [37.5 cm] long, basal, pendulous, many [15 to 20] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature leafed or leafless pseudobulb with ovate bracts and carries many sweetly fragrant, fleshy flowers.
Photo (left) courtesy Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids.
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