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Sunset Valley Orchids 2015 Catasetinae Plant Offering

This offering is really amazing.  It is by far the most comprehensive list of high-quality species and hybrids available for sale in the Catasetinae alliance.  It has taken many years to collect, select, and develop these breeding lines.  The focus this year has been in 5 areas:  Cycnoches, Mini-Catasetums, Species, Mormodias, and of course new styles of Fredclarkearas.  The excellence of the breeding stock is without compare, and these plants will set the new standard for flower quality, vigor, awards, and your enjoyment.

Summer 2015 Catasetinae Listing


JH 12  NEW
(Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Samantha' AM/AOS x Ctsm. saccatum 'Samantha' HCC/AOS)
This is a hybrid made by Jordan Hawley an accomplished orchid grower and Catasetinae fanatic.  These will produce long spikes of 20-25 flowers in rich burgundy colors, flat and frilled lips in contrasting colors.
3” pots $18

(Ctsm. expansum 'Myra' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. osculatum 'Clara')
This is also a Jordan Hawley cross.  The expansum has an excellent color of golden  yellow and it’s boldly spotted deep  burgundy.  The osculatum is a yellow flower with a red rimmed saccate lip.  The red rimed lip looks like red lips, from the latin ‘osculate’ indicates kissing.
3” pots $18

SVO 5944
Ctsm. Extravaganza

Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'SVO' x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO'

This is the first of the new mini-Catasetums crossed back onto standard-type plants.  We know the color will be intensified, but how will flower and plant size be influenced?  I expect a significant increase in flower size with only a modest increase in plant size.  Flowers will have a yellow base color with burgundy spotting; many will be solid dark burgundy... This is a cutting-edge hybrid at the forefront of mini-Catasetum breeding. This is the first plant to flower, super flat lip and excellent color, these are going to be good!
3” pots $18

SVO 5968
Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Amber' AM/AOS x Ctsm. pileatum 'SVO Blood Red'

The Ctsm. Donna Wise (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. tenebrosum) is a reliable breeder, producing many exceptional offspring as it imparts flower size, rich color and a free flowering habit.  The addition of the genes from Ctsm. pileatum v. imperiale ‘SVO Blood Red,’ with its 9-14 solid red flowers, huge lip and free blooming habit, should produce excellent offspring.  These flowers will be solid red-burgundy, have flat lips in colors from yellow to red and be produced several times per season.  An excellent Catasetum cross.
3”pots $18

SVO 5971
Ctsm.  tenebrosum 'Ed #2' AM/AOS x Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed Wise'

This a cross between my two best Ctsm. tenebrosum, which are the best I've seen.  An early bloomer, this species is the first of the genus to flower each year.  Both parents bloom reliably, with great form and color.  Ctsm. tenebrosum ‘Ed #2’ is the parent of Ctsm. Donna Wise, which is the parent of Fdk. After Dark.  I've often thought that ‘Ed #2’ might have been the parent that made all the difference in Fdk. After Dark.  This is superior breeding of a very desirable species.
3” pots $18

SVO 5978
Ctsm. Ten Dragons 'SVO' x Ctsm. Ten Dragons 'Wicked'

Ten Dragons (Ctsm. Dragon's Teeth x Ctsm. tenebrosum) produces long inflorescences with as many as 25 flowers each!  Yes, 25 flowers, from the influence of Ctsm. saccatum in the breeding of Dragon’s Teeth.  Flowers are dark burgundy with a darker glossy lip.  These are free flowering plants that bloom 2-3 times a season.  The cultivars ‘SVO and ‘Wicked’ are both excellent.
3” pots $18

SVO 5984
Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed #2' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Sun Spot'

This tenebrosum 'Ed #2’ is the plant that sired a whole series of crosses, culminating in Fdk. After Dark.  It is a great grower and has excellent flower quality.  The mini-Catasetum, Chuck Taylor (Ctsm. Portagee Star x Ctsm. denticulatum) ‘Sun Spot,’ has a deep red flower with a bright yellow spot in the lip.  We are breeding for dark burgundy flowers with contrasting yellow lips - a very eye-catching color combination.  This hybrid is also going to be very free-flowering, with plants blooming in early spring, summer and again in the fall.
3”pots $18

SVO 5986 NEW
Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS

Building on the successes of crosses like Ctsm. Karen Armstrong and Ctsm.  Melana Davison, this is the next in mini-Catasetums.  Here we are combining denticulatum with 'Simply Fantastic' and its superb flower quality, high flower count, huge lips and ability to bloom 4-5 times a year.  Not a typo - it's really that prolific.  This should be a superb cross!
3”pots $18

SVO 5987 NEW
Ctsm. Bela Vista's Sangria 'Jamie's Purple Passion' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO'

Bela Vista’s Sangria has beautiful dark purple flowers, great shape and flowers 2 times a season with 12-15 large blossoms.  The influence of Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum has been described elsewhere (SVO 5953, 5980).  How about deep dark purple flowers with frilly lips?  Get your attention?
3”pots $18

Ctsm. Dreamboat
Ctsm. Penang 'Sweetheart' x Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Sun Spot'

Penang (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. pileatum) bred the very successful mini-Catasetum Ctsm. Melana Davison.  Since Penang was such a successful parent, it stands to reason that crossing it with Chuck Taylor will also give excellent results.  I have seen Penang flower with more than 20 large red flowers.  I am expecting larger flower size with only a modest increase in plant size.  Deep red flowers with wide full lips and blooming 2-3 times a season.  This is a very robust growing cross, the plants are exhibiting superior vigor.  The first to bloom have big 2.5" flowers and the plants are small.Check out these flowers, Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3
3”pots $18

SVO 5989
Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Golden Fire'

Portagee Star (Ctsm. pileatum x Ctsm. Black Knight) bred the successful mini-Catasetum Ctsm. Chuck Taylor.  Portagee Star has a beautiful yellow flower with a bit of red on the lip, excellent shape and flowers 2-3 times a season.  By breeding it onto ‘Golden Fire,’ a bright yellow flower covered with fine red spotting, I am expecting most of the offspring to have yellow flowers and varying degrees of red spotting with larger lip size.  These will produce larger flowers than the mini’s but only a modest increase in plant size. Great colors on this first to bloom plant Picture

3” pots $18

SVO 5990
Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Lee' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS

Mini-Catasetums are all the rage in the USA.  This one will combine the dark colors from the   Donna Wise (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. tenebrosum) with denticulatum, which  has proven itself to be a good breeder that passes along color, flower shape, diminutive plant size and free flowering qualities. This is a new mini-Catasetum that will have dark flowers and contrasting lighter lips.  I expect them to be very floriferous, blooming 2-4 times a season.
3”pots $18

SVO 5991
Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Lee' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. (John C. Burchett x Orchidglade) 'SVO Magnificent Burgundy'

Breeding for exceptionally large, dark burgundy flowers with big, full lips.  This is one of the most advanced Ctsm. pileatum hybrids today.  I can’t say enough good things about the high potential for this cross.
3”pots $18

SVO 5992
Ctsm. Brent's Black Hawk (Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Lee' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed #2' AM/AOS)

These will produce lots of dark chocolate/maroon flowers with bright green lips on long arching stems.  Some flowers may be almost black, which should be very striking with their contrasting green lips.  A very vigorous hybrid that will flower in early spring, summer and fall.
3”pots $18

SVO 5994
Ctsm. Bela Vista's Sangria 'Jamie's Purple Passion' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Sun Spot'

Ctsm. Bela Vista’s Sangria (Ctsm. appendiculatum x Ctsm. pileatum) made the mini-Catasetum Ctsm. Alexa.  This cross was so successful, that I decided to cross Bela Vista's Sangria with Chuck Taylor, another excellent mini-Catasetum.  Bela Vista’s Sangria produces beautiful dark purple flowers with great shape and flowers twice a season with 12-15 large blossoms.  I am expecting larger flower size with only a modest increase in plant size.  These will bloom with deep red-purple flowers, many having lips with a bright yellow spot. Very nice first bloom seedling, check out  the Picture   First bloom has 12 flowers!

3”pots $18

SVO 6000
Ctsm. Louise Clarke (Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Lee' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS)

To date, this grex has received 8 AOS awards, and you can see by reading this year’s list of Catasetinae hybrids that I'm enthused about its breeding potential.  Very free-flowering cross, with excellent large blooms in a wide range of colors including yellow, spotted, and burgundy. This is a good one; it's named for my mother!  Pictures from the first batch Pic 1, 2, 3.
3”plants $18

SVO 6138
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. barbatum 'SVO' HCC/AOS

Ok, so I’m having a little fun breeding Catasetinae.  Dark red flowers with barbatum-like lips?  It’s a bit crazy but you never know…..
3”pots $20

SVO 6141 NEW
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM'

Painted Desert ‘SVO’ is well proven as a parent, with 47 awards worldwide to its exceptional progeny.  ‘JTM,’ short for ‘Jamie’s Tortured Midnight,’ has exceptionally large and very dark burgundy flowers.  The offspring will range from dark red to almost black, and the lips will be broad and flattened.  Each pendulous inflorescence will carry 15-25 flowers and be produced 1-3 per pseudobulb.  I am so fired up about this cross I made it twice!  See SVO 6127.
3” pots $20

SVO 6156 NEW
Mo. Lime Tiger 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Swan'

This cross makes the hybrid genus Cyclodes, which is rarely seen.  Only 4 Cyclodes have been registered with the Royal Horticultural Society to date.  Lime Tiger (Cl. Grace Dunn x Morm. elegans) has a light green flower with darker green stripes.  By crossing it to the large green flower of ‘SVO Swan,’ we will see green flowers, some with green stripes.  Flowers will be larger than SVO 6145 but not as floriferous.  This is a very different style of breeding and has good potential to produce flowers never seen before.
3”pots $20

SVO 6161
Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. kleberianum 'SVO'

Portagee Star (Ctsm. pileatum x Ctsm. Black Knight) is one parent of the successful mini-Catasetum Ctsm. Chuck Taylor.  Portagee Star is a beautiful yellow flower with a bit of red on the lip.  It has excellent shape and flowers 2-3 times a season.  Ctsm. kleberianum is a very nice, small-growing species that may be extinct in nature.  They are quite rare in Brazil, and I may have some of the only plants in the USA.  The bright yellow lip and dark barring on the petals and sepals make a striking color combination; it also has 15 or more flowers per stem.  These will be mini-Catasetums with bright yellow lips and dark to striped petals.  To the best of my knowledge, this cross, SVO 6158 and SVO 6171 are the first uses of Ctsm. kleberianum as a parent.
3”pots $20

SVO 6162
Cycd. Lorraine Lee (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Jumbo Mutation' x Morm. buccinator 'Golden Green')

When a Mormodes and a Cycnoches are crossed together, a hybrid genus named Cycnodes (Cycd.) is created.  Amazing things happen with this pairing: the flowers have incredible color and shape, and the offspring grow really well.  Morm. buccinator has bright yellow blooms and is very floriferous.  Cyc. warscewiczii 'Jumbo Mutation' has a large swan-shaped flower that is deep green with a white lip - one of the best in my collection.  The Mormodes will be dominant for color, and the Cycnoches will be dominant for flower shape, providing the best qualities from both species.  This and SVO 6148 are the only Cycnodes offered this year. This picture is on of the first to bloom Pic 1  Excellent color and shape!
3”pots $18

SVO 6167
Ctsm. Razzle-Dazzle

Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Very Dark' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO' AM/AOS

These will have dark flowers with coarse frilly lips on free-flowering plants with 15 or more blooms per inflorescence.  This style of breeding has been very successful, producing a number of successful crosses.  They will look like darker-flowered Ctsm. Sheriff Frank Drew.  A marvelous hybrid!
3” pots $18

SVO 6182 NEW
Cyc. Richard Brandon 'SVO II' x Cyc. Chloronge 'Everglade'

These will flowers as large, dark, swan-shaped blooms with dark burgundy spotting.  The breeding combines Richard  Brandon (Cyc. Jean E. Monnier x Cyc. warscewiczii) and Chloronge (Cyc. warscewiczii x Cyc.  loddigesii).  This grex will have excellent shape from warscewiczii and dark colors from Jean E. Monnier and loddigesii.  Greater potential for darker Cycnoches flowers than with any previous grex.
3”pots $20



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