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Sunset Valley Orchids 2014 Catasetinae Plant Offering

Never before has there been such a comprehensive list of Catasetinae species and hybrids offered for sale.  It has taken many years to collect, select, and develop these breeding lines. The quality of the breeding stock is without compare, and these plants will set the new standard for flower quality, vigor, and your enjoyment.  The focus this year has been in 5 areas: Cycnoches, Mini-Catasetums, Species, Mormodias, and Fredclarkearas.

There will be two releases of the new Catasetinae hybrids, this being the first and the second to follow in approximately 4-5 weeks.

Over the last few years we have been working on the development of advanced breeding lines for Cycnoches.  I just love the elegant swan-shaped blooms; they truly are the most breathtaking flowers of the genus. They are also a bit more challenging to grow. We have been selecting Cycnoches for our breeding program using several criteria, like plant vigor, flower quality, color, and resistance to the occasional back bulb die off.  Our Cycnoches species and hybrids will demonstrate these qualities, and the more complex Cycnoches crosses have been through this selection process for 2 or 3 generations, resulting in significant improvement in ease of culture and better resistance to back bulb die-off.

This year we have re-introduced some of the successful “mini-Catasetum” crosses and introduced several very promising new ones. This is a new plant form that has started to gain considerable attention from collectors. These new hybrids are compact growers and flower 2-4 times a year! How can you go wrong with that?

There also have been lots of requests for species.  When breeding species, it’s important to use the best parental stock possible to accentuate good qualities and improve plant vigor.  This list reflects the “best of type” in the species offered.  There are some fantastic things here, so please take your time in making decisions, or just get them all.

Mormodia are hybrids between Mormodes and Clowesia, and they are the stepping stones toward the genus Fredclarkeara.  Mormodias are a great pairing: they produce lots of charming flowers in many different colors, on pendulous inflorescences late in the season, and they are small growing plants. What is not to like about that?

There are several new developments in Fredclarkeara hybrids this year. The focus has been on developing different color forms.  How about green, yellow, spotted and possibly another ‘Black’ flowered grex?  As with other Fredclarkeara hybrids, flower life will exceed over 4 weeks, and the flowers will have excellent shape and color.  There is significant award potential: a plant of Fdk. After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. John C. Burchett) was awarded an FCC/AOS last fall. These new Fredclarkearas should not be overlooked.

Good growing, Fred Clarke

 

Summer 2014 Catasetinae Listing

SVO 2033 New
Fdk. After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Susan' AM/AOS)

This is a remake of the landmark hybrid that has received accolades from hobbyists around the world.  After Dark is known for producing the blackest orchid flowers seen. So far, it has earned an astounding 33 AOS awards, including 8 FCC's. The expectation is for about 50% of the plants to produce flowers in black shades and the remainder in deep reds and spotted colors.  After Dark also produces some of the longest-lived Catasetinae flowers, with blooms lasting an average of 5-7 weeks.  This may be the last time this grex is offered.  Pictures of first bloom seedlings 1, 2, 3, 4
3” pots $25

SVO 5001
Ctsm. Melena Davision (Ctsm. denticulatum ‘SVO’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. Penang ‘Sweet Heart’ )

If you missed out on these the first time, this is your second chance to get a really very special cross.  The Melena Davision have 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 Ctsm. denticulatum.  Expect 15-20 flowers, 2-3 times per season.  Limited supply.  Pictures from the first batch 1, 2, 3
3” pots $18
SOLD OUT

SVO 5032 New      
Fdk. Julio David Rios (Mo. Leopard Drops 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Amber' AM/AOS )

A new direction in Fredclarkeara (Mormodes x Clowesia x Catasetum) breeding.  Here we are looking for rich colors in shades of  burgundy,  red, and dark brown with many having darker spots.  Flower life will be approaching 8 weeks as with other Fredclarkeara hybrids, this is a remarkable trait in this breeding line.  Mo. Leopard Drops (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. lawrenciana) is an excellent bloomer producing 3-5 pendent spikes with 15 or more flowers per bulb, you can imagine what a large mature plant with 100's of flowers would look like.  The Ctsm. Donna Wise (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. tenebrosum) is a reliable breeder producing many exceptional offspring as it imparts flower size and its rich color.  Blooming Size
4” pots $30

SVO 5047
Mo. Lime Tiger ‘SVO’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. expansum ‘Mindori’

This is a new Fredclarkeara hybrid. Here we are looking for dark green flowers with darker green stripes, how cool is that? The Mo. Lime Tiger (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm.  elegans v. alba)  is a green flower with green stripes and I believe this color will be a dominant characteristic.  It produces 3-4 pendent inflorescence per bulb and is quite showy.   The Ctsm. expansum ‘Mindori’ is a dark green almost an olive color, very unusual for the species; it will reinforce the overall flower color and add bloom size to the grex. Flower life will be close to 8 week s as with other breeding of this type.
3” pots $20

SVO 5047 New       
Mo. Lime Tiger 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. expansum 'Midori'

Another new Fredclarkeara hybrid. Here we are looking for dark green flowers with darker green stripes, how cool is that? The Mo. Lime Tiger (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm.  elegans v. alba)  is a green flower with green stripes and I believe this color will be a dominant characteristic.  It produces 3-4 pendent inflorescence per bulb and is quite showy.   The Ctsm. expansum is a dark green almost an olive color, very unusual for the species; it will reinforce the overall flower color and add bloom size to the grex. Flower life will be close to 8 week s as with other breeding of this type. Blooming Size
4” pots $28   

SVO 5240 New            
Ctsm. Lovena (Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS )

This is a first for Ctsm. Lovena, instead of using the typical color form of Ctsm. fimbriatum which is yellow with red spots we have selected the v. morrenianum form for its unusual dark burgundy color.  In breeding with Ctsm. fimbriatum I have found the frilly lip and color will be dominant.  The Ctsm. Susan Fuchs (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. expansum) is a well know and excellent breeder, it imparts flower size and a large full lip.  These will produce dark burgundy flowers with yellow and frilly lips blooming 2 or 3 times a season. 
3”pots $18

SVO 5241 New            
Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Dragon's Teeth 'SVO' AM/AOS

I have been interested in frills and fangs on the lips on Catasetum flowers for some time now.  Ctsm. fimbriatum has a coarse fimbriate lip and Ctsm. Dragon's Teeth (Ctsm. fimbriatum x Ctsm. saccatum) has two prominent fangs.  These will be dark burgundy flowers with a darker spots or blotches on the segments.  All will have frills and fangs on the lips, very dramatic. Mature plants will produce 2-3 long inflorescences carrying 20 or more flowers during the bloom season.
3” pots $18

SVO 5242 New
(Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale 'SVO Blood Red' x Ctsm. rodigasianum 'SVO' )

The Ctsm. pileatum is a beautiful solid red flower, and is the best I have of this type.  It will bloom 3 times a year off a mature pseudobulb and carries 9-14 flowers each blooming.  It really is a great plant.  Ctsm.  rodigasianum can produce 25 -30 flowers per inflorescence an amazingly high flower count, the lip has 3 points and the flower is a golden-yellow- green with brown spots. I expect the flowers to range from solid red to yellow with spots.  Long stems will be produced with 15 or more flowers that have full shaped lips; some will have a 3 pointed lip margin.  I am really looking forward to blooming these.  Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5243 New      
Ctsm. Crownfox Voodoo 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale 'SVO Blood Red'

Ctsm. Crownfox Voodoo (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. tenebrosum) has the genes to really develop dark burgundy flower color in its progeny. The flowers look 'bird like' with their dark burgundy segments and contrasting green lip. Due to the influence of Ctsm. tenebrosum it flowers early spring and then again mid season.  The Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale 'SVO Blood Red' is a solid red flower it blooms 3 times a year and carries 9-14 flowers each blooming.  The expectation is for deeply colored dark red to burgundy flowers of substantial size with large flat lips. A classic style of breeding.  Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5245 New       
Ctsm. Bela Vista's Sangria 'Jamie's Purple Passion' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale 'SVO Blood Red'

This cross will produce some exceptionally solid dark burgundy flowers with big full shaped lips. The Ctsm. Bela Vista's Sangria has remarkable flowers with excellent shape and a deep burgundy color. The addition of Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale 'SVO Blood Red' with its 9-14 flowers in solid red flowers and its frequent blooming will reinforce the flower color, size and shape of this grex.    Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5246
Ctsm. Lovena (Ctsm. fimbriatum ‘Golden Horizon’ x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ FCC/AOS )

Ctsm. fimbriatum has a coarse fimbriate lip and ‘Golden Horizon’ has a good yellow color with fine red spotting and it is a has very nice flower form for the pecies.  The flowers of Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ are just outstanding with its yellow base color and red spotting.  Here we are expecting yellow flowers and red spots with large frilled lips. This is a proven hybrid with excellent vigor and easy to bloom. First to bloom
3” pots $18

SVO 5246 New       
Ctsm. Lovena (Ctsm. fimbriatum 'Golden Horizon' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS)


Ctsm. fimbriatum has a coarse fimbriate lip and 'Golden Horizon' has a good yellow color with fine red spotting and it is a has very nice flower form for the species.  The flowers of Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' are just outstanding with its yellow base color and red spotting.  Here we are
expecting yellow flowers and red spots with large frilled lips. This is a proven hybrid with excellent vigor and easy to bloom.  Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5247 New       
Ctsm. Jumbo Longan (Ctsm. fimbriatum 'Golden Horizon' x Ctsm. atratum 'Polar Cap')

I am excited about the possibilities with this cross.  The flowers of Ctsm. fimbriatum 'Golden Horizon' have a good yellow color, fine red spotting and it's a very nice flower form. This Ctsm. atratum has green segments with fine dark burgundy spotting and pure white lip that is very thick and waxy.  The expectation is for yellow and green flowers with heavily textured, frilled lips.   Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5248
Ctsm. Donna Wise ‘Amber’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum ‘SVO’

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. Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum is the rare and unusual dark burgundy color form of the species and is proving an excellent parent. This grex is going to have really dark flowers in the darkest burgundy; lips will be frilly as influenced by the Ctsm. fimbriatum and mature plants will be blooming 2-3 times a year.
3” pots $18

SVO 5249 New       
Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Amber' AM/AOS x Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale '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. imperale 'SVO Blood Red' with its 9-14 solid red flowers, huge lip and free blooming habit will make for excellent offspring. These flowers will be solid red-burgundy, have flat lips and be produced several times per season. Excellent.  Blooming Size
4” pots $24 

SVO 5251 New       
Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS

Thanks to my friend Jamie Lawson of Micco, Fl. who gave me a bulb of his plant Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise'. This plant has turned out to be an excellent breeder.  It is parents are (Ctsm. pileatum x Ctsm. Black Night), the flowers have excellent shape a flat lip and a pleasing soft yellow color with a blush of burgundy.   The flowers of Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' are large with flowers that are bright yellow and red spotting. It have sired many outstanding offspring and this paring will be no exception. Expect big flat flowers in shaded of yellow to red with bold red spotting.  Mature plants will bloom 2-3 times a year and will be real show stoppers. Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5262 New
Cyc. Jumbo Cooper 'SVO' x Cyc. cooperi 'Mem. Pat Worthington' AM/AOS

For the last few years I have been developing an advanced breeding line of Cycnoches.  I just love the elegant swan-shaped flowers produced on pendulous inflorescences that emerge from the tops of the pseudobulbs.  The composition of this hybrid is ((cooperi x warscewiczii) x cooperi).  The double dose of cooperi will assure high flower count, and the warscewiczii will add size, substance and a shield shaped lip.  These plants will produce 20-25 flowers in shades of green and bronze on long cascading infloresences.
3” pots $20

SVO 5274
Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO ‘ HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO II‘ AM/AOS

This cross is between my two best Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie). Both of these clones produce inflorescences that carry 22-26 well-arranged flowers that are light green with burgundy spotting and a coarsely frilled lip, a bit like B. digbyana.  Sib crossing will bring out the variability of the cross and make available one of my best hybrids to you Catasetinae lovers. 
3” pots $18

SVO 5274 New      
Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO ' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS )

I have been waiting for years to make this cross as something seemed to always happen, but here it is.  These are my two best Ctsm. Frilly Doris mated together. Ctsm. Frilly Doris is (Ctsm. Doris Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) they both carry 22-26 flowers per inflorescence with light green with burgundy spotted flowers and a coarsely frilled lip, a bit like B. digbyana.  Sib crossing will bring out the variability of the cross and make available one of my best hybrids to you Catasetinae lovers. Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5288 New      
Ctsm. Jose Abalo 'SVO' x Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO'

Here is a cross I am really excited about.  Ctsm. Jose Abalo 'SVO' (Ctsm. sanguineum x Ctsm. Orchidglade) is just simply an outstanding plant and flower. The inflorescence is 24” long it's straight up, carrying 15-18 flowers.  But wait, there is more, the flowers are dark burgundy (almost black) the lips are hard as rocks… you need to see it in person to fully appreciate. Paring this with the unusual and dark burgundy color form Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum will really bring out some amazing flowers.  Strong upright stems carrying 15 plus flowers in deep burgundy (almost black) flowers with lips that are heavy and frilled.  A very novel hybrid with exceptional potential. 
4” pots $28

SVO 5316
Fdk. After Dark ‘Morning After’ x Ctsm. Orchidglade ‘Green Apple’ AM/AOS 

In hopes of a new color form for Fredclarkearas, this grex was created to produce pure green flowers, with a few having some red spotting.  ‘Morning After’ is the only After Dark to produce green flowers, ‘Green Apple’ is the finest Orchidglade I have seen, with an exceptionally large, flat light green lip.  The off spring will produce 15-20 flowers per stem in full rounded shapes and with large lips.  Flower life will be in excess of 4 weeks.  This is a very promising hybrid with considerable opportunities for AOS awards.
3” pots $20

SVO 5325 New
Morm. colossus 'Giant Ginger Snap' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan'

When a Mormodes and a Cycnoches are crossed together a hybrid genus named Cycnodes (Cycd.) is created.  Several amazing things happen with this pairing: the flowers have incredible color and shape, and the offspring grow really well.  Several years ago two plants from SVO's Cycnodes crosses received First Class Certificates (FCC's), with one named the “best FCC of the year” by the American Orchid Society!  Morm. colossus has a huge flower with outrageous color and is very floriferous.  The Cyc. warscewiczii has a large swan-shaped flower that is deep green with a white lip, one of the best in the collection. The Mormodes will be dominant for color and the Cycnoches will be dominant for flower shape.  So what should you expect?  These will flower with two inflorescences carrying 12-15 flowers each in colors of bronze to ginger snap. I am also expecting larger than-normal flower size. The combination of Cycnoches and Mormodes is a match made in heaven, with the best qualities of both species shining through.  I was also able to make the reciprocal crosses of this SVO 5627.  Reciprocal crosses in Cycnodes breeding are very unusual, as both plants need to have female and male flowers present. This may be the first time one has ever been offered for sale.  This is the only Cycnodes offered this year. Very Limited
3” pots $25
SOLD OUT

SVO 5332
Clo. Alaena Lawson ‘Lanie’s Warm Fuzzies’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS

Aleana Lawson (Ctsm. cristatum x Cl. Rebecca Northen) is a darling flower with a frilly lip; it produces 2-3 inflorescences per bulb caring 15-19 flowers each. Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris’s Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) is made up of pileatum, fimbriatum, and cristatum producing flowers with heavily frilled lips, excellent shape and arrangement. This grex is an advanced Clowesetum (Clo.) hybrid. The flower color will range from cream to yellow with bold spots and the lips will be heavily frilled. Expect 2-3 spikes per bulb caring 15 or more flowers per inflorescence. These advanced Clowesetum crosses are raising the bar in flower quality and are the new wave of improved breeding.
3” pots $18

SVO 5336
Cl. Rebecca Northen ‘Grapefruit Pink’ x Morm. elegans v. alba ‘SVO’ HCC/AOS

The hybrid genus is a Mormodia (Mo.) which results from the crossing of Mormodes and Clowesia.   As a breeder when you hit upon a successful combination you build upon it.  So with the next series offerings we are doing just that.  Cl. 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 Morm. elegans v. alba has 3-5 upright spikes per bulb, carrying 12-15 flowers each in a beautiful light green with darker green stripes.  Mormodes are dominant for color transfer to their offspring.  This cross will produce green striped flowers with a delicate pink blush; expect multiple pendent inflorescences holding 12-16 flowers, mature plants will be spectacular.
3” pots $18

SVO 5336 New           
Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Morm. elegans v. alba 'SVO' HCC/AOS

The hybrid genus is a Mormodia (Mo.) which results from the crossing of Mormodes and Clowesia.   As a breeder when you hit upon a successful combination you build upon it.  So with the next series offerings we are doing just that.  Cl. 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 Morm. elegans v. alba has 3-5 upright spikes per bulb, carrying 12-15 flowers each in a beautiful light green with darker green stripes.  Mormodes are dominant for color transfer to their offspring.  This cross will produce green striped flowers with a delicate pink blush;
expect multiple pendent inflorescences holding 12-16 flowers, mature plants will be spectacular.
Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5338 New       
Mo. Lime Tiger (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Morm. elegans v. alba 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

This was such a great cross the first time around I decided to remake it (which I don't often do).  Cl. Grace Dunn (Cl. rosea x Cl. warscewitzii) a beautiful frilly pink flowers with a citrus fragrance produced on multiple pendent inflorescences. The Morm. elegans v. alba has 3-5 upright spikes per bulb, carrying 12-15 flowers each in light green with darker green stripes.  Mormodes are dominant for color transfer to their offspring.  These will be blooming with light green flowers with darker green stripes produced on pendent inflorescences.  Very showy   Blooming Size
4”pots $24

SVO 5339 New      
Mo. Jumbo World (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Morm. buccinator v. aurea 'Golden Green' )

This is also a remake; the first batch had excellent golden yellow flowers with fine red spotting on pendulous inflorescences.  The Cl. Grace Dunn (Cl. rosea x Cl. warscewitzii) it is a beautiful frilly pink flowers with a citrus fragrance produced on multiple pendent inflorescences. Morm. buccinator 'Golden Green' has amazing bright color and is producing 3-4 inflorescences per bulb.  Everyone should own this cross it produces very successful offspring.   Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5340 New      
Mo. Jumbo World (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Morm. buccinator v. aurea 'Xlnt Color')

Obviously I liked Mo. Jumbo World so much I made it two ways. This Morm. buccinator 'Xlnt Color' has just that a brilliant golden yellow flower and a plant that is producing 3-4 inflorescences per bulb. Expect bright golden yellow flowers with fine red spotting on pendulous inflorescences.   Blooming Size
4” pots $24

SVO 5342 New      
Mo. Lime Tiger (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Chadds Ford' AM/AOS   x Morm. elegans v. alba 'SVO' HCC/AOS )

This was such a great cross the first time around I remake it twice, see above SVO 5338.  This Cl. Grace Dunn (Cl. rosea x Cl. warscewitzii) is similar to 'Live Oak' however it has flowers that are a little bit larger. The Morm. elegans v. alba has 3-5 upright spikes per bulb, carrying 12-15 flowers each in light green with darker green stripes.  These will be blooming with light green flowers with darker green stripes produced on pendent inflorescences.  Very showy   Blooming size
4” pots $24

SVO 5550 New
Cyc. Richard Brandon 'SVO' x Cyc. Swan Cascade 'Best Select'

This cross represents the most modern breeding in Cycnoches today.  As the advanced breeding is taking us farther away from the influence of the species, we are finding that the plants are easier to grow.   Richard Brandon (Cyc. warscewiczii x Cyc. Jean E. Monnier) was a real breakthrough: superbly-shaped flowers with shield-shaped lips, high flower count, heavy substance and amazing colors.  Swan Cascade (Cyc. Jean E. Monnier x Cyc. cooperi) has also produced excellent offspring, with 'Best Select' having particularly long inflorescences carrying 25-27 flowers.  The expectation here is for bronze flowers with darker burgundy spots, shield-shaped lips, and long inflorescences carrying 20 or more flowers.  You can't go wrong with this one.
3” pots $20

SVO 5552 New
Ctsm. expansum 'Linda' AM/AOS x Ctsm. expansum 'Myra' HCC/AOS

It is quite unusual to see expansum offered for sale, I'm not sure why this is true, but expansum may be  over-shadowed by its cousin, Ctsm. pileatum.   However, expansum is magnificent in its own right with, large, boldly-spotted flowers and big, broad, flat lips, very impressive!  The two cultivars used to create this cross may very well result in the best pairing of expansum ever made.   If you collect Catasetum species, this is a 'must have,' and, if you're not a species nut, you still have to have one.  Very limited
3” pots $25

SVO 5585 New
Cyc. Richard Brandon (Cyc. Jean E. Monnier 'Big & Bold' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS )

With the success of the first plants from this cross, I just had to remake it.  Now, hobbyists will have a chance to grow this wonderful grex.  Almost all from the first group had bronze colored flowers with varying degrees of dark spotting; a few were solid dark burgundy.  The large lip from the influence of warscewiczii sets off the flower nicely and adds to its overall appeal.  Pictures of first to bloom 1962, 1968, 1966, 1967
3” pots $20

SVO 5586
Ctsm. pileatum v. imperale ‘SVO Blood Red’ x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ FCC/AOS

How about huge lips! I love big lips on my Catasetums, and this grex definitely will deliver that.  These will be mostly red flowers; however, a few should bloom in shades of green, light yellow and spotted red. You should expect 12-14 flowers per stem, with plants producing 2-3 stems each season.
3” pots $18

SVO 5588 New
Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Cyc. Richard Brandon 'SVO II'

Large shield-shaped lips in Cycnoches really make for beautiful flowers. The hybrid of Richard Brandon (Cyc. warscewiczii x Cyc. Jean E. Monnier) has the large lip influenced by warscewiczii.  Crossing it back to warscewiczii will further assure large shield-shaped lips and improve flower size and substance.  Expect the flowers in bronze colors with some darker spotting.  Based on my experience, this very well may be the best Cycnoches cross to date.  I am really looking forward to seeing them flower. Limited
3” pots $25

SVO 5590
Ctsm. Red Dragon (Ctsm. Dragon’s Teeth ‘SVO’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ FCC/AOS)

Dragon’s Teeth is (Ctsm. fimbriatum x Ctsm. saccatum), and ‘SVO’ produces long inflorescences carrying up to 31 flowers and blooms reliably 3 times a season.  Susan Fuchs is a proven breeder that needs little introduction; magnificent large yellow flowers with bold burgundy spotting.  I believe the saccatum in the back ground of this cross will assure long inflorescences and higher flower count.  Look for this pairing to produce 15-20 yellow flowers with red spots to near solid red blooms on long graceful inflorescences with the lips having some fimbriations.
3” pots $18  

SVO 5591
Ctsm. fimbriatum ‘Golden Horizon’ x Ctsm. denticulatum ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS

The dwarf-growing denticulatum is really proving its self as a good breeding plant.  It passes along color, flower shape, and diminutive plant size. The fimbriatum is one of the most robust and “tolerant of varying growing conditions” of any Catasetum. It also has a frilly lip, bright color and relatively long-lived blooms.  Primary hybrids are known for their vigor, and this grex will be no exception. I am expecting yellow flowers with bold burgundy spotting, yellow to orange coarsely-fimbriated lips, and plants that flower early in the spring and again in the fall.  Plants will stay on the small side about 6-7” tall.  I was also able to make the reciprocal crosses of this SVO 5631.  Reciprocal crosses in Catasetum breeding are very unusual, as both plants need to have female and male flowers present. This is one of the first times that the influence of pod vs. pollen parent can be evaluated within a particular grex
3” pots $18

SVO 5593
Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS

Lately, I have been breeding Catasetums for frilly lips; I just love the texture and contrast they add to the flowers.  Frilly Doris has proven its self over and over as a good parent, with high flower count, excellent arrangement, good color, flowering 3-4 times a year and best of all those frilly lips.  The addition of denticulatum will influence the offspring by reducing plant size, enriching bloom color, creating a nearly a perfect arrangement of flowers and producing coarsely fimbriated lip.  Plants will mature at 6-7” tall and I expect the production of 2-3 inflorescences per season.
3” pots $18

SVO 5594
Ctsm. Portagee Star ‘Brian Lawson’s Sunrise’ HCC/AOS x Ctsm. fimbriatum ‘Golden Horizon’

The breeding behind Portagee Star is (Ctsm. pileatum x Ctsm. Black Knight,) and Black Knight is (Ctsm. expansum x Ctsm. tenebrosum).  There will be a strong influence from the large lips of pileatum and expansum and the thick flat lip of tenebrosum.  The fimbriatum has yellow flowers with burgundy spots and a fimbriate lip. The expectation is for flowers in yellow with a peppering of red spots and relatively flat, fimbriated lips.  Plants will be good growers and reliable bloomers, with the free flowering exhibited by Catasetums.
3” pots $18

SVO 5597
Ctsm. expansum ‘SVO’ x Ctsm. expansum ‘Linda’ AM/AOS

In Latin, expansum indicates ‘expanded lip’.  The ‘SVO’ cultivar has one of the nicest lips that I have seen,  flat and very broad, and is a plant that I selected for further breeding.  The cultivar ‘Linda’ produces bright green flowers with a contrasting red callus on a tightly arranged inflorescence of 20 or more blooms. This and SVO 5552 are two very fine pairings of Ctsm. expansum, and I recommend that you get both, as it will be very interesting to see how the different parents influence the flowers.
3” pots $20

SVO 5608 New
Clo. Abigail Parsons 'Rose Delight' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS

Rose pink Catasetums are challenging to develop and rarely available as a result. Clo. Abigail Parsons (Cl. Grace Dunn x Ctsm. John C. Burchett) is getting pretty close.  The influence of Clowesia Grace Dunn (Cl. rosea x Cl. warczewitzii) with its pink and green flowers is quite strong in this breeding line.  The Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' has a darker flower color with some shades of rose pink; I believe it will help to produce progeny that will bloom in the rose pink tones.  The plant stature will be reduced to 6” tall, and the plants will flower early in the season, again in mid-season and finally late in the season when they are deciduous. An added benefit of this cross is that when Clowesia and Catasetums are combined, the flowers become 'perfect' and bloom longevity is extended to 3 weeks or more.  Limited
3” pots $20
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SVO 5611 New
Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Cyc. Swan Cascade 'Dark Swan'

'Giant Swan' is one of my best cultivars of warscewiczii, with very large flowers and its known to produce 3-4 inflorescences per pseudobulb simultaneously.  Swan Cascade (Cyc. Jean E. Monnier x Cyc. cooperi) has long inflorescences carrying 20-25 flowers in dark chocolate with a few darker spots.  This will be similar to the successful grex of Cyc. Richard Brandon (Cyc. Jean E. Monnier x Cyc. warscewiczii).  However, the higher percentage of cooperi in the background will lengthen the inflorescences and add a few more flowers.  These will be very showy with larger lips and the classic swan shape.
3” pots $20

SVO 5615 New
Ctsm. expansum 'SVO' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS

The expansum 'SVO' is a plant I selected for further breeding, as it has superb color and a flat broad lip.   This denticulatum has a beautiful color, its free flowering and small growing.  Primary hybrids are known for their vigor, and this cross should reflect that outcome. This cross is expected to produce flowers with yellow background colors, burgundy spotting and a large red callus. Flowers could be about 2” across, with broad lips, and plants should bloom 3 times a year with 15 or more flowers per stem.  This “mini-Catasetum' is the first time that these two species have been crossed together.  The first person to bloom one will get the grex named after them!
3” pots $18

SVO 5626
Ctsm. Karen Armstrong (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ FCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS )

When this cross was first introduced, it caused a sensation with hobbyists around the country as the first of the new successful “mini-Catasetums”.  Mature plants are only 5” tall, with relatively large blooms and flowers in rich colors ranging from yellow with bold burgundy spots and yellow with fine spotting to solid burgundy.  It has taken several years to make the cross again, but if you missed it last time, this is your chance to get a really special hybrid.  Everyone has space for at least one of these.  Expect 15-20 flowers per inflorescence 2-3 times per season.  A similar cross with Ctsm. denticulatum as a capsule parent is SVO 5697.  Pictures from the first batch 1, 2, 3, 4
3” pots $18

SVO 5627  New listing for this cross, just added 9/1/14
Cyc. warscewiczii ‘Giant Swan’ x Morm. colossus ‘Giant Ginger Snap’

Morm. colossus has a huge flower with outrageous color and is very floriferous.  The Cyc. warscewiczii has a large swan-shaped flower that is deep green with a white lip, one of the best in the collection. The Mormodes will be dominant for color and the Cycnoches will be dominant for flower shape.  So what should you expect?  These will flower with two inflorescences carrying 12-15 flowers each in colors of bronze to ginger snap. I am also expecting larger than-normal flower size. The combination of Cycnoches and Mormodes is a match made in heaven, with the best qualities of both species shining through.  I was also able to make the reciprocal crosses of this SVO 5325 (now sold out).  Reciprocal crosses in Cycnodes breeding are very unusual, as both plants need to have female and male flowers present. This is one of the first times that the influence of pod vs. pollen parent can be evaluated within a particular grex.  This is the only Cycnodes offered this year.

3” pots $20

SVO 5628 New listing for this cross, just added 9/1/14

Cyc. warscewiczii ‘Wide Petals’ x Cyc. Kevin Clarke ‘SVO’ FCC/AOS

‘Wide Petals’ is superior to all others in flower size, count, shape and flowering habit.  I don’t believe there is a better warscewiczii out there -- check out the picture. Kevin Clarke (Cyc. herrenhusanum x Cyc. warscewiczii) is truly special.  It is named for my younger son and is the first Cycnoches hybrid from SVO to receive a coveted First Class Certificate (FCC) from the American Orchid Society.  The swan-shaped flowers of Kevin Clarke are bright yellow with light gold spots -- an amazing color -- not to mention the 2 inflorescences carrying 30 perfectly arranged blooms.  Cyc. Kevin Clarke already has improved lip size and form.  The second addition of warscewiczii genes from ‘Wide Petals’ will result in a significant contribution to the overall size, shape, form and lip qualities of this grex.  It is hard to improve on an FCC but this has the potential to do just that, if you only get one Cycnoches hybrid. This is the one. 

3” pots $20

SVO 5631
Ctsm. denticulatum ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. fimbriatum ‘Golden Horizon’

The dwarf-growing denticulatum is really proving itself as a good breeding plant.  It passes along color, flower shape, and diminutive plant size.   Ctsm. fimbriatum is one of the most robust and “tolerant of variable growing conditions” of the Catasetums.  It also has relatively long lived flowers with frilly lips, and bright colors.  Primary hybrids are known for their vigor, and this grex will be no exception.  I am expecting yellow flowers with bold burgundy spotting, yellow to orange coarsely-fimbriated lips, and small growing plants that flower early in the spring and again in the fall.  I also was able to make the reciprocal of this cross (SVO 5591), an unusual occurrence in Catasetums breeding since both plants need to have female and male flowers present. This is a rare opportunity to evaluate the influence of pod vs. pollen parent within a particular grex.
3” pots $18

SVO 5634 New
Ctsm. Dentigrianum (Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

This is a manmade combination that also occurs in nature as a natural hybrid called Ctsm. xdasilvae.  Both of the parent species are small-growing, with mature plants not exceeding 6” tall.  Ctsm. tigrinum produces pendulous inflorescences 2-3 times a season, bearing 18-25 well-spaced white flowers with light pink spots and a narrow cream colored lip. Ctsm. denticulatum has a similar flowering frequency and flower count. Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVOII' has light rose-colored blooms tightly arranged on the inflorescence and covered with dense dark reddish spots and a contrasting light yellow lip,.  Check out this picture from a friend in Brazil xdasilvae. This cross should combine the best traits from both parents to produce a great mew “mini-Catasetum” hybrid! I also was able to make the reciprocal of this cross (SVO 5632), an unusual occurrence in Catasetums breeding since both plants need to have female and male flowers present. This is a rare opportunity to evaluate the influence of pod vs. pollen parent within a particular grex.
3” pots $20

SVO 5635
Ctsm. denticulatum ‘Dark Spots’ x Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO Yellowest’

The dwarf-growing denticulatum is really proving itself as a good breeding plant.  It passes along color, flower shape, and its diminutive plant size. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) is one of my favorite breeding plants. It flowers reliably several times a year with 25 or more perfectly arranged flowers and often with 2-3 inflorescences simultaneously. This Frilly Doris has yellow flowers that are boldly spotted and have heavily fimbriated lips. The addition of denticulatum will reduce plant size, enrich bloom color, and allow for a coarsely fimbriate lip.  Plants will mature at 6-7” tall, and I expect the production of 3-4 inflorescences per season.
3” pots $18

SVO 5636
Ctsm. tigrinum ‘SVO’ x Ctsm. fimbriatum ‘Golden Horizon’

The dwarf-growing tigrinum is proving to be a good breeding plant.  I believe it will pass along its good flower shape and diminutive plant size.   Ctsm. fimbriatum is one of the most robust and “tolerant of variable growing conditions” of the Catasetum species. They also have frilly lips, bright yellow color and relatively long-lived blooms.  Primary hybrids are known for their vigor, and this cross will be no exception. I am expecting wide petals with yellow flowers and bold burgundy spotting; the lips will be yellow and coarsely fimbriated. The plants will flower early in the spring and again in the fall. As a bonus the plants will stay on the small side achieving a maximum height of 6-7”.  A very interesting and new type of breeding.
3” pots $18

SVO 5646 New
Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Wonder Woman'

Building on the successes of earlier crosses like Ctsm. Karen Armstrong and Ctsm. Melana Davision this is the next logical step in breeding “mini-Catasetums”. Louise Clarke (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. Donna Wise) is named for my mother and is a spectacular grex. 'Wonder Woman' has superb flower quality, high flower count, huge lips and it blooms 5-6 times a year. Yes, that's right 5-6 times a year!  The denticulatum has proven itself to be a good breeding plant that passes along color, flower shape and diminutive plant size.  This is the newest of the “mini-Catasetums”.  I believe we are really onto something with this cross.  I expect bold colors and high flower count with a very free flowering habit, all on a diminutive plant.  I have set aside 24 of these for myself but still have plenty to sell. Very Limited
3” pots $20

SVO 5647
Mo. Jumbo World ‘SVO’ x Ctsm. pileatum ‘Dinner Plate’

This is a new, unnamed Fredclarkeara (Fdk.) hybrid.  We know from previous hybrids that the Mormodia (Mo.) will add its color, floriferous habit and flower longevity to the cross. Mo. Jumbo World (Cl. Grace Dunn x Morm. buccinator) produces 20 + bright yellow flowers with a peppering of red spots, all well arranged on 3-4 inflorescences from leafless bulbs during dormancy.  ‘Dinner Plate’ has flowers so large that you could be tempted to serve dinner on them!  As with all Fredclarkeara breeding, flower longevity will be extended to 4-5 weeks, and we expect full rounded flower shape with large lips.  I believe the flowers will range from yellow to chartreuse with red spotting.  This cross will set a new standard for color in the Fredclarkeara breeding line.
3” pots $20

SVO 5650
Mo. Jumbo World ‘SVO’ x Ctsm. spitzii ‘Yellow Sunlight’

This is a new, unnamed Fredclarkeara (Fdk.) hybrid.  We know that the Mormodia (Mo.) will add color, floriferous habit and flower longevity to the cross.  Mo. Jumbo World (Cl. Grace Dunn x Morm. buccinator) produces 20+ bright yellow flowers with a peppering of red spots, all well arranged on 3-4 inflorescences from leafless bulbs during dormancy.  Ctsm. spitzii ‘Yellow Sunlight’ has solid bright yellow flowers with 25-30 blooms per spike.  The lips have a very heavy substance that almost makes them look like they’re formed from yellow wax.  As with all Fredclarkeara breeding, flower longevity will be extended to 4-5 weeks, with full flower shape and flat lips. Flower color will be bright yellow with red spotting.  This cross will set a new standard for yellow flowers in the Fredclarkeara breeding line.  
3” pots $20

SVO 5651
Cl. Rebecca Northen ‘Grapefruit Pink’ x Morm. Nitty-Gritty ‘Red & Gold’

When you cross a Clowesia (Cl.) with a Mormodes (Morm.), a hybrid genus named Mormodia (Mo.) is created.  Mormodia’s have lots of good qualities, including brightly-colored flowers and a tendency to bloom profusely when mature. Cl. Rebecca Northen is (Cl. Grace Dunn x Cl. rosea), and Morm. Nitty-Gritty is (Morm. Exotic Treat x Morm. rolfeana). They flower late in the year from leafless bulbs which will produce 3-4 pendulous inflorescences and have flower colors influenced by the Mormodes parent.  These will begin to bloom at a young age, generally in 3” pots. When mature, they will be spectacular, with numerous pendulous infloresences per bulb in colors ranging from yellow to gold and possibly some orange, many spotted with red.  Mormodia’s are the building blocks for Fredclarkeara’s, and this grex should prove very useful for further breeding.  
3” pots $18

SVO 5674
Cl. Rebecca Northen ‘Grapefruit Pink’ x Morm. revolutum ‘SVO Yellow’

When a Clowesia (Cl.) is crossed with a Mormodes (Morm.), a hybrid genus named Mormodia (Mo.) is created.   Cl. Rebecca Northen is (Cl. Grace Dunn x Cl. rosea), and it produces 15 or more pink flowers with frilly lips on 3-4 pendulous inflorescences from leafless bulbs in mid winter.  Morm. revolutum has a large yellow flower and will dominate for flower color, as Mormodes do.  These will begin to flower at a young age, generally in 3” pots. When mature, each bulb will produce 3-4 pendulous inflorescences in colors ranging from yellow to gold and possibly some orange, many spotted with red.  Mormodia’s are the key building blocks for Fredclarkeara’s and this one should prove very useful for further breeding. 
3” pots $18

SVO 5675
Ctsm. saccatum ‘SVO’ x Ctsm. saccatum ‘SVO II’

For the last 5 or 6 years I have been trying to develop this species, but the plants appear to rarely produce female flowers.  The first time they flowered female, no pollen had been saved, but the next time females were produced, I was ready.  Ctsm. saccatum is one of my favorites. It has long pendulous inflorescences that usually are 2’ long however and can reach 3’ under ideal conditions.  Flower count is also surprisingly high; typically there are 20 to 25 flowers to a stem, but the cultivar ‘SVO’ can bloom with as many as 40 flowers!  They also flower 2-3 times a year and large robust plants have been known to bloom 5-6 times a season.  It is a great species, which is easy to grow and rewards you handsomely with lots of flowers.
3” pots $20

SVO 5676
Ctsm. rectangulare ‘Baker’s Spotted Leopard’ x Ctsm. cirrhaeoides ‘SVO Darkness’

This is a special rectangular, which can flower with more than 55 flowers on a stem.  Last year there this plant produced 3 inflorescences with a total of 167 flowers, all from one bulb! The flowers are cream with burgundy spotting, and the lip is pure white.  Ctsm. cirrhaeoides is a miniature Catasetum and mature plants are just 5” tall.  ‘SVO Darkness’ is the dark color form of cirrhaeoides, with deep burgundy spotted flowers and a near black lip, and its 40-45 flowers are tightly grouped in a fox-tail arrangement.  We are looking for high flower count with this grex. These plants will begin to bloom at a young age, and mature plants should produce 40-50 flowers on each inflorescence.  I am predicting that the dark flower color will be present in some of the progeny, with others being heavily spotted burgundy.  Plant stature will be reduced, and this cross can be considered as a “mini-Catasetum”.   There are high expectations for this new cross. With the potential for 50 flowers per stem, I can hardly wait!
3” pots $18

SVO 5681
Cl. Grace Dunn ‘Live Oak’ HCC/AOS x Morm. revolutum ‘SVO Yellow’

Grace Dunn is (Cl. warczewitzii x Cl. rosea) and produces 15 or more pink and green flowers with cute frilly lips on 3-4 pendulous inflorescences from leafless bulbs in mid winter.  Morm. revolutum ‘SVO Yellow’ has a large, bright yellow flower and will dominate for flower color as Mormodes do.  These will begin to flower at a young age, generally in 3” pots. When mature, the bulbs will produce 3-4 pendulous inflorescences in colors ranging from yellow to gold, and a few may have red spots.  All Mormodias (Clowesia x Mormodes) make excellent specimen, plants as they flower profusely with many pendulous inflorescences when mature.  This one is limited in supply.
3” pots $18

SVO 5685
Ctsm. Jose Abalo ‘SVO’ x Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum ‘SVO’

Here is a cross I am excited about.  Ctsm. Jose Abalo (Ctsm. sanguineum x Ctsm.Orchidglade) is an outstanding plant with a striking flower. Inflorescences are 24” long and held straight up, carrying 15-18 flowers in dark burgundy (almost black) with lips that are thick and hard. You really need to see this in person to fully appreciate the quality. Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum is the unusual dark burgundy color form of this species.  This fimbriatum is free flowering and has produced a number of very nice offspring.  I am expecting some amazing flower colors in deep burgundy to near black, with lips that are frilled and of heavy substance.  This is a very novel hybrid with exceptional potential!
3” pots $20

SVO 5686
Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO ‘ HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris ‘SVO II‘ AM/AOS

This cross is between my two best Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie). Both of these clones produce inflorescences that carry 22-26 well-arranged flowers that are light green with burgundy spotting and a coarsely frilled lip, a bit like B. digbyana.  Sib crossing will bring out the variability of the cross and make available one of my best hybrids to you Catasetinae lovers.  Yes it’s listed here twice….  It really is one of my favorite Catasetums.
3” pots $18

SVO 5688
Cl. Grace Dunn ‘Live Oak’ HCC/AOS x Morm. Nitty-Gritty ‘Red & Gold’

Grace Dunn is (Cl. warczewitzii x Cl. rosea) and bears 15 or more pink and green flowers with cute frilly lips produced on 3-4 pendulous inflorescences from leafless bulbs in mid winter.  Morm. Nitty-Gritty (Morm. Exotic Treat x Morm. rolfeana) has large gold-colored flowers with red spotting .  This grex will flower late in the year from leafless bulbs that produce 3-4 pendulous inflorescences and have flowers in colors ranging from yellow to gold, many spotted red as influenced by the Mormodes parent.  These will also begin to flower at a young age, generally in 3” pots. When mature, they will be spectacular! All Mormodia’s (Clowesia x Mormodes) make excellent specimen plants, as they flower profusely with many pendulous inflorescences when mature.
3” pots $18

SVO 5689 New
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. expansum 'Linda' AM/AOS

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the parent of the world famous Fdk. After Dark.  The influence in breeding with Mormodia (Mo.) is well known: it adds flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring. Ctsm. expansum named for its large 'expanded' lip and should influence the cross with this feature.  Expect well rounded flowers produced 20 + per stem.  Color will be interesting as it is a combination of red and green, these could be impressive.
3” pots $20

SVO 5691 New
Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'Jumbo Mutation'

Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' is one of the top performers in my breeding stock it has great flower size, count, shape and flowering habit.  'Jumbo Mutation' was selected from a flowering group of clones, it really stood out and an exceptional flower clearly a meristem shift (mutation) for the better. These will have exceptional flower quality and vigor for this highly desirable species.
3” pots $18

SVO 5694 New
Ctsm. expansum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO'

This is the next generation of breeding with one of the new “mini-Catasetums” Karen Armstrong (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. denticulatum).   Ctsm. expansum has one of the nicer lips in the Catasetum alliance, and the 'SVO' cultivar was selected out of many, for its excellent color, large flat lip, and free flowering habit. Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO' has a yellow flower with bold burgundy spots, flowers 2-3 times a season, and is only 5” tall! The expectation is to increase flower size while maintaining a small plant size.  I believe plants will mature at 6-7” tall and the flowers will be in the 3” range.  Bloom colors will be yellow to yellow-green with bold burgundy blotches and spots and a darker raised callus. 
3” pots $18

SVO 5695 New
Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO' x Ctsm. cirrhaeoides v. alba 'SVO 54'

Ctsm. tigrinum produces pendulous inflorescences, 2-3 times a season, with 18-25 well-spaced white flowers spotted pink and a narrow cream-colored lip. Ctsm. cirrhaeoides is a miniature Catasetum and mature plants are just 5” tall.  'SVO 54' is the unusual alba color form of cirrhaeoides, with light green flowers and 54 flowers tightly grouped in a fox-tail arrangement!  We are looking for high flower count with this grex. These plants will begin to bloom at a young age, and mature plants will produce 30-45 white to light green flowers with a few reddish spots on each inflorescence.  This is a very interesting, and new direction in breeding mini-Catasetums.
3” pot $18

SVO 5696
Cl. Rebecca Northen ‘White Wonder’ x Ctsm. spitzii ‘Yellow Sunshine’

When a Clowesia (Cl.) is crossed with a Catasetum (Ctsm.), the hybrid genus Clowesetum (Clo.) is created.   The flowers become ‘perfect’ and bloom longevity is extended to 3 weeks or more.  Cl. Rebecca Northen ‘White Wonder’produces 15 or more pure white flowers with frilly lips on 3-4 pendulous inflorescences from leafless bulbs in mid winter.  Ctsm. spitzii ‘Yellow Sunlight’ produces 25-30 solid bright yellow blooms per spike.  The lips have a very heavy substance that makes them almost look like they are made of yellow wax.  I really like Clowesetum’s: the flowers look like Catasetums, but instead of flowering throughout the year, they bloom like Clowesia, 3-4 inflorescences all at once.  These plants will carry bright yellow flowers on pendulous inflorescences late in the season. 
3” pots $18

SVO 5697 New
Ctsm. Karen Armstrong (Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS)

When this cross was first introduced it caused a sensation with hobbyist around the country, it was the first of the new “mini-Catasetums”.  Mature plants are only 5” tall, with relatively large blooms and flowers in rich colors ranging from yellow with bold burgundy spots, and yellow with fine spotting to solid burgundy.  Everyone has space for at least one plant from this type of breeding.  Expect 15-20 flowers per inflorescence 2-3 times per season.   A similar cross with Ctsm. Susan Fuchs and the capsule parent is SVO 5626   Pictures from the first batch 1,2,3
3” pots $18

SVO 5911 New


Clo. Jem's Speckled Russ 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Golden Fire'

JEM's Speckled Russ (Cl. russelliana x Ctsm. denticulatum) was awarded with 3 inflorescences carrying 126 flowers, an average of 42 flowers on each stem! The blooms are cream colored and heavily covered with a fine peppering of red spots.  The plant is small growing and could be considered a “mini-Clowesetum” (Clowesia x Catasetum).  Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO' is only 5” tall and flowers 2-3 times a season carrying golden yellow flowers with fine red spotting. This new grex is a second-generation Clowesetum and all the offspring will have perfect flowers that last 3+ weeks. The expectation here is to maintain the small plant size, produce 20 or more rose to yellow flowers with a heavy peppering of red spots. These should also flower several times a year and produce 2-3 inflorescences at each flowering.  This is the first complex “mini-Clowesetum” ever hybridized and well worth growing.
3” pots $18

SVO 5726


Ctsm. Orchidglade ‘Davie Ranches’ AM/AOS x Ctsm. lucis ‘Dana’s Bird of Paradise’ AM/AOS

Ctsm. lucis has a remarkable inflorescence: 3’ long and straight up, carrying 15-25 relatively long-lived green flowers with white lips.  The plant is also large, with bulbs that are typically 12” and up to 16” tall. Ctsm. Orchidglade (Ctsm. pileatum x Ctsm. expansum) carries 12-16 light yellow flowers spotted in red, approaching 4” in size.  The plant is free flowering, blooming 2-3 times a year.  This is the second hybrid made with Ctsm. lucis, and the first had good flower quality, but the upright stem was not a dominant trait.  I am hopeful that this new cross will have more progeny develop the upright inflorescence habit.  I am still imagining 20+, three inch yellow flowers covered with red spots on straight, upright 2’ long spikes...
3” pots $18

 

 

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