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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

SVO 5001 
Ctsm. Melana Davison (Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Penang 'Sweet Heart')

This is your second chance to get a really very special cross.  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 Ctsm. denticulatum.  Expect 15-20 flowers, 2-3 times per season.  Pictures from the first batch Pic 1 , 2 , 3.  It's always interesting to see the effect of reciprocal breeding on the flower quality, and SVO 5995 is the reciprocal.
3” pots $18

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

This cross represents some of 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 5582
Fdk. After Dark 'Amazing' x Cyc. warscewiczii '2004 Best'

I wanted to name this hybrid genus Marthaclarkeara so I could introduce it in my talks by saying “I am pleased to present Fredclarkeara and Marthaclarkeara.” However somebody beat me to registration, and this genus is now named Georgecarrara. Oh well…  It is a bit challenging to predict the outcome of this cross, but I expect spotted to solid red flowers with a few greens, shape intermediate between the two parents and 10 to 12 flowers per inflorescence.  This is a very novel hybrid with limited supply.
3” pots $25

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

With the amazing results from the first batch from this cross, I just had to remake it.  Now, you will have a chance to grow this wonderful grex.  The flowers are of excellent quality, large, bronze-colored with varying degrees of dark spotting, and a few will be 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 Pic 1, 2, 3
3” pots $20

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 flowers in bronze to green 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.  Very Limited
3” pots $20

SVO 5610 NEW
Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'Wide Petals'

It has been several years since SVO offered a Cyc. warscewiczii.  I have been growing up the last batch and selected the best ones for further breeding.  ‘Wide Petals’ is superior to all others in flower size, count, shape and flowering habit. Check out the picture: I truly don’t believe there is a better warscewiczii out there.  ‘Giant Swan’ is one of my best cultivars, with very large flowers, and is known to produce 3-4 inflorescences per pseudobulb at one time.  I purposely have not exhibited ‘Wide Petals’ or any of the other select cultivars, since I believe that this forthcoming batch will set a new standard in quality for this highly desirable species. 
3” pots $20
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SVO 5614
Mo. Leopard Drops 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. expansum 'Linda' AM/AOS

A new Fredclarkeara hybrid!  Based on the success of similar crosses, these will have long-lasting flowers, full shape, heavy substance, fragrance and all the other great qualities this kind of breeding exhibits.  Flowers will be in colors from ranging from green to orange to red and spotted dark burgundy.  Expect 2-3 pendulous inflorescences with 20 or more flowers each.
3” pots $20

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, and this is your chance to get a really special hybrid.  A compact grower - everyone has space for at least one of these.  Expect 15-20 flowers per inflorescence 2-3 times per season.  Pictures from the first batch Pic 1 , 2 , 3
3” pots $18

SVO 5628
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 faint 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 cross has the potential to do just that.  If you only get one Cycnoches hybrid, this is the one! Don't despair!  SVO 6160 is available further down the page :-)
3” pots $20
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SVO 5633 NEW
Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'Dark Spots'

The long awaited re-appearance of denticulatum is here!  It's taken longer than I thought to have these again.  As you know it takes male and female flowers to make a capsule, and I finally got female flowers.  ‘Dark Spots’ is a selection of (‘SVO’ AM/AOS x ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS) and, as the name indicates, it has very dark spotting.  ‘SVO II’ is an excellent grower and flowers 3-4 times a year as a mature plant.  Ctsm. denticulatum likes to stay warm in winter, with minimum temperatures of 60-65 oF and humidity at 70 % or higher.   Better get these now - who knows when one will flower female again!  See also SVO 5975 and SVO 6005.
3”pots $20

SVO 5650
Morm. 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.  Ctsm. spitzii ‘Yellow Sunlight’ has solid bright yellow flowers with strong inflorescences carrying 25-30 blooms apiece.  The lip of spitzii is thick and solid - almost like it's formed from yellow wax.  The hard, flat lip should be valuable in flattening out the lips in this new hybrid, which also should have extended flower longevity of 4-5 weeks.  Flower color will be bright yellow with red spotting.  This cross will set a new standard for yellow flowers in Fredclarkeara hybrids.
3” pots $20
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SVO 5670
Ctsm. pileatum 'Dinner Plate' x Ctsm. pileatum ‘Jumbo Green Gold' HCC/AOS

It's been quite a while since I last offered pileatum.  It really is the ‘king and queen’ of the Catasetums. Expect these to bloom with large 5” flowers, impressive broad green lips, and 10-13 flowers per inflorescence, 2 or 3 times a year.  All I can say is "Wow!"  Same as SVO 6192.
3” pots $20

SVO 5679
Morm. ignea 'Neon Orange' x Morm. lawrenceana 'SVO'

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.  Also see the other Mormodes offered, SVO 6165.
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 when mature. 
3” pots $18
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SVO 5687
Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS

Clowesetum (Clo.) hybrids are made by crossing a Clowesia and Catasetum.  These intergeneric hybrids have several important traits, including improved flower life, multiple spiking habit, good form, and fragrance.  Both parents are small-growing Catasetinae, staying under 4” tall.  These will produce full-shaped blooms in light pink, with all segments heavily peppered darker pink.  This hybrid really has nice coloring and will be very cute.  These will also flower 2x a year, once in the summer and again late in the season on leafless bulbs.  Mature plants will be show stoppers!  I think there is great potential with this cross - give these a try.  They will be similar to Clo. Alexandra Savva (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Ctsm. denticulatum).
3” pots $18
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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 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 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
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. expansum 'Linda' AM/AOS

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is one 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 is named for its large ‘expanded’ lip and should contribute this feature to the cross.  Expect 20+ well-rounded flowers per stem.  Color will be interesting, as it is a combination of red and green.  Very limited. These could be impressive!
3” pots $25
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SVO 5691
Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'Jumbo' mutation

Cyc. warscewiczii ‘SVO’ is one of the top performers in my breeding stock.  Tt has great flower size, count, shape and flowering habit.  ‘Jumbo Mutation’ was selected from a flowering group of clones and has an exceptional flower that really stands out - clearly a meristem shift (mutation) for the better. These will have exceptional flower quality and vigor for this highly desirable species.
3” pots $20
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SVO 5693
Fdk. L'amour de vie de Sue (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Wonder Woman')

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is one parent of the world famous Fdk. After Dark.  The influence of Mormodia (Mo.) is well known: it adds flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke is named for my mother and is a spectacular hybrid.  The cultivar ‘Wonder Woman’ has superb flower quality, high flower count, huge lips and flowers 5 times a year.  Yes - 5 times a year!  The parents of Fdk. After Dark are (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise), and Ctsm. Louise Clarke is (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. Donna Wise).  This makes Louise Clarke similar to Donna Wise, in that three species are represented: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The addition of Ctsm. Susan Fuchs should provide additional doses of pileatum and expansum, which will improve flower size and lip width.  What about color?  I believe that the deep red from Mo. Painted Desert combined with the dark brown of Ctsm. tenebrosum in the breeding of Donna Wise created the black flowers of Fdk. After Dark.  In this grex, we still have the same species, thus the potential exists to produce black-colored flowers.
3” pots $25

SVO 5944
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 5953 NEW
Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS

The dwarf-growing denticulatum is really proving itself as a good breeding plant.  It passes along color, flower shape, and diminutive plant size.  This fimbriatum has relatively long-lived dark purple flowers, each with a frilly lip.  The morrenianum variety is a rare color form that, interestingly, is often dominant in the offspring.  Primary hybrids are known for their vigor, and this grex will be no exception.  I am expecting dark purple flowers with darker spotting, 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.  A very different style of mini-Catasetum breeding.
3” pots $18

SVO 5964 NEW
Fdk. After Dark 'Mystery' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS

This is the next level in the improvement of Fredclarkeara’s.  Here we are looking for increased flower size, flat lips and a wide range of colors, while still maintaining flower longevity and floriferousness.  Many of these will be of award quality.
3” pots $20

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 5969
Ctsm. expansum 'Myra' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. expansum 'Linda' AM/AOS

It is quite unusual to see expansum offered for sale.  I'm not sure why this is true, but perhaps expansum is simply overshadowed by its better-known cousin, Ctsm. pileatum.  Ctsm. 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 should have one.  This is the first to flower from the reciprocal cross last year Pic 1
3” pots $20

SVO 5970 NEW
Ctsm. Pileabrosum Green (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed Wise #2' AM/AOS  x Ctsm. pileatum 'SVO Blood Red')

There will be nothing green about this cross. The deep red pileatum and dark burgundy brown tenebrosum should combine to produce deep burgundy flowers with large flat lips in varying colors.  This cross will flower 2-3 times a season.  Limited in supply.
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 5972
Ctsm. Donna Wise (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed #2' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Jack of Diamonds' AM/AOS)

Here is an exact remake of this highly successful grex.  The Donnas have received an amazing nine American Orchid Society awards, but this is the first time this cross has been remade.  I am expecting deep burgundy flowers with lighter colored lips.  Great vigor is typical of this grex, and mature plants will flower 3-5 times a year.  Pictures from original cross Pic 1, 2, 3, 4
3” pots $18

SVO 5974
Ctsm. Susan Fuchs (Ctsm. expansum 'Fantastic Spots' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Jack of Diamonds' AM/AOS)

Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ has been an important breeder for SVO, so why not remake the grex to obtain other flower color variations?  ‘Fantastic Spots’ has just that: fantastic spots plus a flat lip and wide petals.  ‘Jack of Diamonds’ is a near solid red, a great grower and produces 13-15 flowers per inflorescence.  This is the first time since the original cross was made that the very special Susan Fuchs has been offered.  This picture is Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’
3” pots 18

SVO 5975 NEW
Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS

These are the two best known denticulatum’s mated.  The long awaited re-appearance of denticulatum is here!  It's taken longer than I thought to have these again.  As you know it takes male and female flowers to make a capsule, and I finally got female flowers.  Both parents are excellent growers and flower 3-4 times a year as mature plants.  Ctsm. denticulatum likes to stay warm in winter, with minimum temperatures of 60-65 oF and humidity at 70 % or higher.  Better get these now - who knows when one will flower female again!  See also SVO 5633 and SVO 6005.
3”pots $25

SVO 5976
Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Wow' x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic'

This is a new mini-Catasetum crossed with a standard.  The Chuck Taylor is very nice, with its red petals and sepals and contrasting yellow lip.  ‘Simply Fantastic’ has a cream colored lip and is very floriferous.  Expecting great things from this cross: I am looking for yellow-lipped flowers with darker petals and sepals, some solid red.  I also expect larger flower size with only a modest increase in plant size.  A very promising new hybrid.
3”pots $18

SVO 5977
Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS

I love frilly lips! Yes, it sounds strange to say that out loud, but it's true.  Frilly Doris is used frequently in our breeding, as it imparts high flower count, good shape, free flowering and most of all its frilly lip.  Orchidglade’s flower is really large, and 13-15 are carried on each stem. This grex will produce richly-colored flowers with fimbriated lips.  Very showy!
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 5980
Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Sun Spot'

This fimbriatum has dark purple flowers with a frilly lip and relatively long-lived blooms.  The morrenianum variety is a rare color form that, interestingly, is often dominant in the offspring.  This Chuck Taylor has dark red flowers with a bright yellow spot in the lip.  I'm expecting dark purple/burgundy flowers, nearing black with coarsely-fimbriated lips, some with a bright yellow spot; this will be a spectacular color combination!  Plants will flower early in the spring and again in the fall and stay on the small side, about 6-7” tall.   Limited in availability.
3” pots $18

SVO 5981
Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Dark Darling' x Ctsm. (John C. Burchett x Orchidglade) 'SVO Magnificent Burgundy'

This is a new mini-Catasetum crossed with a standard.  Both parents have deep, dark burgundy flowers.  ‘SVO Magnificent Beauty’ is a large flower with amazing color that will complement the qualities of the ‘Dark Darling.’  I am expecting great things from this cross: big, dark burgundy flowers, full shape and 2-3 bloomings a year.  A very promising hybrid! I saw one bloom in the propagation cell tray with an amazing dark burgundy color and large flat lip.  Don’t miss out on this one.  Here is a picture of one that just flowered Pic 1 This is the second to flower Pic 2 and take a look at this one the third to flower Pic 3
3” pots $20

SVO 5982 NEW
Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Dark Darling' x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic'

This is a new mini-Catasetum crossed with a standard.  ‘Dark Darling' has a very dark burgundy flower, and 'Simply Fantastic' has superb flower quality, high flower count, huge lips and blooms 4-5 times a year.  Yes, that's right, 4-5 times!  These will have dark burgundy flowers, full shape and should bloom 3-4 times a year.  What more can you ask for?  How about contrasting yellow spotted lips - I expect some will have these as well!  I also made a reciprocal cross with slightly different parents.  See SVO 5996.
3” pots $18

SVO 5983 NEW
Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Dark Darling' x Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Sun Spot'

Two very nice mini-Catasetums crossed together.  The parents in this cross are Karen Armstrong (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. denticulatum) and Chuck Taylor (Ctsm. Portagee Star x Ctsm. denticulatum), both with denticulatum, assuring small-growing plants.  Flower color will range from mostly dark reds with contrasting lips to a few dramatic lighter colors.  These will also flower 2-3 times a season. Limited in availability.
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 5985 NEW
Ctsm. pileatum v. imperiale 'Pierre Couret' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. pileatum v. imperiale 'SVO Blood Red'

Superior dark red Ctsm. pileatum are very hard to come by.  If this is what you've been looking for, here it is!
3”pots $20

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

SVO5988
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.   "I am happily surprised again"  Check out the first to bloom picture  3" flower too!
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.
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 5993
Ctsm. Alexa (Ctsm. Bela Vista's Sangria 'Jamie's Purple Passion' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Alexa is one of 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 fine burgundy spots to solid dark red flowers with burgundy and white lips.  It has taken several years to make the cross again, as both male and female flowers are needed.  This is your chance to get a really special hybrid.  Everyone has space for at least one more mini-Catasetum.  Expect 15-20 flowers per inflorescence, 2-3 times per season.  Pictures from some of the first to bloom Pic 1 , 2, 3
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.
3”pots $18

SVO 5995
Ctsm. Melana Davison (Ctsm. Penang 'Sweetheart'x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This is your second chance to get a really very special cross.  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 Ctsm. denticulatum.  Expect 15-20 flowers, 2-3 times per season.  Pictures from the first batch Pic 1, 2, 3.  It's always interesting to see the effect of reciprocal breeding on the flower quality, and SVO 5001 is the reciprocal. 
3”pots $18

SVO 5996 NEW
Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic' x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO'

Louise Clarke (Ctsm. Donna Wise x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs) has received 8 AOS awards!  It is a very special Catasetum that flowers 4-5 times a year and carries super-sized flowers, setting a new standard of quality.  The Karen Armstrong is the best I have seen, combining superior shape and color with high flowering frequency.  Crossing this excellent mini-Catasetum with ‘Simply Fantastic’ will make for an ideal pairing.  I also made a reciprocal cross with slightly different parents.  See SVO 5982.
3” pots $18

SVO 5997
Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic'

The Portagee Star has yellow flowers and excellent shape.  The Louise Clarke has superb flower quality, high flower count, huge lips, and blooms 4-5 times a year.  Expect burgundy to yellow flowers with darker spotting, large full lips and the ability to bloom 3-4 times a year.  This is some of the most modern Ctsm. pileatum breeding today.
3”pots $18

SVO 5998
Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Amber' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic'

‘Amber’ has excellent flower shape and an even, dark chocolate/maroon color.  One of the
best Donnas I've seen.  The Louise Clarke has superb flower quality, high flower count, huge lips and blooms 4-5 times a year.  I'm not kidding - it really does!  Here we're expecting dark burgundy flowers with a bit of bright yellow on the lip, full shape, and the potential to bloom 3-4 times a year.  Some of the most modern Ctsm. pileatum breeding
3”pots $18

SVO 5999
Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Lee' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Dragon's Teeth 'SVO' AM/AOS

Looking for high flower count from the Ctsm. saccatum in the breeding of Dragon’s Teeth (Ctsm. fimbriatum x Ctsm. saccatum) and dark color from the Ctsm. tenebrosum in the breeding of Donna Wise (Ctsm. tenebrosum x Ctsm. Orchidglade).  This grex will produce long arching inflorescences with many dark burgundy flowers with green lips spotted burgundy.  Plants should flower early, mid and late season.
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 6005 NEW
Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'Dark Spots'

The long awaited re-appearance of denticulatum has arrived!   It had taken longer than I thought to have these again.  As you know it takes male and female flowers, finally I got female flowers.  ‘SVO’ was the first AM/AOS given by the judges.  It is an excellent grower and flowers 3-4 times a year as a mature plant.  ‘Dark Spots’ is a selection of (‘SVO’ AM/AOS x ‘SVO II’ AM/AOS) and, as the name indicates, it has very dark spotting.  Ctsm. denticulatum likes to stay warm in winter, with minimum temperatures of 60-65 oF and humidity at 70 % or higher.   Better get these now - who knows when one will flower female again!  See also SVO 5633 and SVO 5975.
3”pots $20

SVO 6006
Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'Pepper Puss' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS

This is the first time I have line bred a mini-Catasetum back to denticulatum.  This strategy will encourage small plant stature (under 6" tall) and maintain flower size, producing flowers that are mostly yellow and spotted in red with orange-red lips.  Yes, orange-red lips.  These you've gotta see! And here you have it, a picture of the first to bloom.  Great lip color and spots.
3”plants $18

SVO 6007
Ctsm. Chuck Taylor (Ctsm. denticulatum 'Dark Spots' x Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS)

When Chuck Taylor was first produced, there weren't many plants, but those few still garnered four AOS awards.  Not too bad!  This time I used ‘Dark Spots,’ which has darker spotting than most denticulatum's.  This is a really nice, proven cross that will give you excellent plants and flowers.  Picture from the first batch Pic 1, 2, 3
3”pots $18

SVO 6122
Ctmds. Dragons Tail 'Dark Tail' x Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO'

This grex is a Fredclarkeara, as it has Catasetum, Mormodes and Clowesia in its background.  This, however, is a different path that involves Catamodes x Clowesetum, whereas the original was Mormodia x Catasetum.  I am very interested, fascinated, actually, to see if the flower longevity of this new cross will compare to the original.  Dragons Tail (Ctsm. denticulatum x Morm. ignea) had amazing-looking flowers, almost scale-like, with deep colors and flat lips,  Very different!  Jumbo Lace (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Ctsm. fimbriatum) has yellow flowers peppered with dark burgundy spots and a frilly lip, and blooms twice a year, which is an important quality when breeding with Clowesetum hybrids.  It's a bit difficult to predict how these plants will bloom.  Here is my best shot: 12 to 15 yellow flowers, densely spotted with burgundy, and flattened fimbriate lips.  I can hardly wait to see this flower.  LOOK WHAT I FORGOT TO POST!!!  This is a very exciting new hybrid.

3”pots $20

SVO 6127 NEW
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' AM/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 6141.
3” pots $20

SVO 6129
Cyc. Cryminy (Cyc. Kevin Clarke 'SVO' FCC/AOS x Cyc. Richard Brandon 'SVO Dark Spots' )

One of my favorite genera is Cycnoches; the cascading stems of swan-shaped flowers are so beautiful.  This grex is off the charts!  I exclaimed “Cryminy” when I saw the first one bloom.  The parents are Kevin Clarke (Cyc. herrenhusanum x Cyc. warscewiczii) and Richard Brandon [(Cyc. cooperi x Cyc. barthiorum) x Cyc. warscewiczii].  This is the most complex Cycnoches hybrid to date.  Expect excellent flower shape in bronze/yellow colors, many with deep burgundy spotting.  A very exciting hybrid! You have to see this picture of the first to bloom.
3” pots $20

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 6139 NEW
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. spitzii 'Golden Yellow'

This is a new, unnamed Fredclarkeara (Fdk.) hybrid.  Mormodia (Mo.) Painted Desert ‘SVO’ is well proven as a parent, and we know that it will add color, floriferous habit and flower longevity to the cross.  Ctsm. spitzii ‘Golden Yellow’ has solid bright yellow flowers with 25-30 blooms per inflorescence.  The lips have very heavy substance - they look like they're made of yellow wax!  As with all Fredclarkeara breeding, flower longevity will be extended to 4-5 weeks, with full flower shape and flat lips.  I expect the flower color will vary a bit from red to sunset shades with red spotting or striping on the lips that should be flattened nicely by the spitzii.  This cross will set a new standard in color in the Fredclarkeara breeding line.
3” pots $20

SVO 6140 NEW
Fdk. After Hours 'SVO Very Good' x Ctsm. (John C. Burchett x Orchidglade) 'SVO Magnificent'

After Hours (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. John C. Burchett) produces very dark flowers with wide petals and sepals. The lip is also full and dark, with a bit of white fimbriation - very unusual.  A very promising hybrid, ‘SVO Magnificent Beauty’ is a big flower with amazing color and large lip.  This pairing can only result in larger flowers, flatter lips and dark, dark color.  This and two other new grexes in this list, SVO 6151 and SVO 6153, are the most advanced Fredclarkeara hybrids to date.  I can’t wait!
3” pots $25

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 6144 NEW
Clo. Jumbo Lace ‘Yellow & Spots' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs ‘Burgundy Chips’ FCC/AOS

Jumbo Lace (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Ctsm. fimbriatum) is a very attractive yellow with fine red spotting and a fimbriated lip.  This plant is very floriferous, producing 3-4 inflorescences per growth.  The well-known Susan Fuchs has a good yellow background color with bold burgundy red spots and is a reliable grower, bloomer and breeder.  This cross will produce big yellow flowers with red spotting.  We also expect improved flower longevity and a tendency to produce multiple inflorescences.
3”pots $18

SVO 6151 NEW
Fdk. Dark There After 'Dark Daze' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM'

Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has a superior flower with excellent shape, size, dark color and a black lip.  ‘JTM’  (short for ‘Jamie’s Tortured Midnight’) has exceptionally large and very dark burgundy flowers.  This pairing can only result in larger flowers, flatter lips and dark, dark color.  This, SVO 6140 and SVO 6153 are the most advanced Fredclarkeara hybrids to date.  I can’t wait!
3”pots $25

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 6157
Ctsm. barbatum 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS

I’m having a lot of fun breeding mini-Catasetums.  Expect densely spotted flowers with coarse dentate lips, a bit like Ctsm. barbatum but colored orange?  It’s a bit crazy, but if it works, everybody will want them.
3”pots $18

SVO 6158
Ctsm. barbatum 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. kleberianum 'SVO'

This is another experimental mini-Catasetum cross with the potential to be very nice or very weird.  Ctsm. barbatum has a beautiful "bearded" lip, and Ctsm. kleberianum, which is a new introduction in Catasetum hybridizing, has dark markings on the petals and sepals, with a contrasting yellow lip.  These will have dark spotted petals and sepals with yellow barbatum-like lips.  I know it’s a bit crazy, but if this grex delivers as expected, it will be very nice.  To the best of my knowledge, this cross, SVO 6161 and SVO 6171 are the first uses of Ctsm. kleberianum as a parent.
3”pots $18

SVO 6159 NEW
Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Martha Clarke 'SVO' AM/AOS
This warscewiczii has superb flower size, count, shape and flowering habit.  The Martha Clarke (Cyc. herrenhusanum x Cyc. barthiorum) is truly special, which is why I named it for my wife!  The swan-shaped flowers of Martha Clarke are orange/yellow with dark burgundy spots - amazing colors!  The addition of warscewiczii genes will result in a significant improvement to the overall size, shape, and form.  Large orange/yellow flowers with red spots - oh my!
3”pots $20

SVO 6160 NEW
Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Kevin Clarke 'SVO' FCC/AOS

‘SVO’ has an excellent flower with good size, count, shape and blooming habit.  It is a proven grower and one of the better warscewiczii out there.  Kevin Clarke (Cyc. herrenhusanum x Cyc. warscewiczii) is truly special.  It is named for my younger son and 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 faint 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 will result in a significant contribution to the overall size, shape, form and lip qualities of this grex.  It's hard to improve on an FCC, but this has the potential to do just that.
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.
3”pots $18

SVO 6163
Ctsm. Doris's Choice (Ctsm. fimbriatum v. morrenianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. pileatum v. imperiale 'SVO Blood Red')

This is a first for Doris's Choice.  Instead of using the typical color form of Ctsm. fimbriatum, which is yellow with red spots, we have used v. morrenianum for its unusual dark burgundy color.  In breeding with Ctsm. fimbriatum, I have found the frilly lip and color to be dominant.  The ‘SVO Blood Red’ will impart large lip and flower size.   These will produce dark burgundy-red flowers with full frilly lips and bloom 2 or 3 times a season. 
3”pots $18

SVO 6167
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 6170
Fdk. Saturn Sky 'SVO' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS

This is a highly advanced next generation of Fredclarkeara breeding in new colors.  Saturn Sky (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Frilly Doris) is an excellent cross with almost purple flowers. ‘Burgundy Chips,’ with its large yellow flowers and bold burgundy spotting, is a proven breeder, with many successful hybrids to its credit.  The expectation is for flowers with large flat lips and some fimbriation.  Long-lived flowers lasting 4 to 5 weeks are expected.  Flower color will range from rich red to yellow, with varying degrees of spotting.  I'm really looking forward to these!
3”pots $20

SVO 6171
Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Wow' x Ctsm. kleberianum 'SVO'

Ctsm. Chuck Taylor ‘Wow’ is a very nice mini-Catasetum.  With light pink petals and sepals, and a contrasting yellow lip, it is just beautiful.  Ctsm. kleberianum is a very nice, small-growing species that may be extinct in nature. The bright yellow lip and dark barring on the petals and sepals produce 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 6161 are the first uses of Ctsm. kleberianum as a parent.  This is another one not to be missed if mini-Catasetum is of interest.
3” pots $20

SVO 6173
Fdk. L’amour de vie de Sue Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic'

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the parent of the world-famous Fdk. After Dark.  The influence of Mormodia (Mo.) is well known: it adds flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke is named for my mother and is a spectacular hybrid.  The cultivar ‘Simply Fantastic’ has superb flower quality, high flower count, huge hard flat lips and flowers 3-4 times a year.  The parents of Fdk. After Dark are Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise, and Ctsm. Louise Clarke is Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. Donna Wise.  This makes Louise Clarke similar to Donna Wise, in that there are three species represented: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  However, the addition of Ctsm. Susan Fuchs should provide additional doses of pileatum and expansum, which should provide improved flower size and lip width.  What about color?  I believe that the deep red from Mo. Painted Desert combined with the dark brown of Ctsm. tenebrosum in the breeding of Donna Wise created the black flower colors of Fdk. After Dark.  In this grex, we have the same species, thus the potential exists to produce black-colored flowers.
3” pots $25

SVO 6176
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Jose Abalo 'SVO'

We know how influential Painted Desert is in breeding, producing excellent form and color. The addition of Jose Abalo (Ctsm. sanguineum x Ctsm. Orchidglade), with its 2’ stem holding 20 flowers in a very dark burgundy with a black lip, may give us a truly outstanding hybrid.  I'm keeping 20 plants for myself to see how they bloom.... 
3”pots $25

SVO 6179 NEW
Cyc. warscewiczii 'Jumbo Mutation' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'OMG'

‘Jumbo Mutation' was selected from a large group of flowering Cyc. warscewiczii, where it really stood out as an  exceptional flower.  Clearly a meristem shift (mutation) for the better.  ‘OMG’ is an excellent flower from the next generation of breeding, where we're seeing considerable improvements is petal width.  I purposely have not exhibited ‘OMG,’ since I believe that this forthcoming batch will set a new standard in quality for this highly desirable species. 
3”pot $20

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

SVO 6192
Ctsm. pileatum 'Dinner Plate' x Ctsm. pileatum 'Jumbo Green Gold’ HCC/AOS

Huge green lips!!!  Ctsm. pileatum is the king and queen of the Catasetums.  It has the largest flowers of the genus and is one of the easiest to grow.  Lips measure 3.5-4” across, and inflorescences can carry 15 or more flowers.  Very desirable.  Same as SVO 5670.
3”pots $20

 

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