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Cattleya Species

Collecting select and awarded Cattleya species has been a passion of mine for many years. The species collection is now over 700 plants! Recently, I started breeding the “best of the best” in an effort to have these choice and often hard to find Cattleya species available for the hobbyist. Here are some of the first things to come from the lab with many more to follow in coming years.

The 2015 list should be of interesting to all species collectors. The L. anceps are some of the best around and this is a deep offering of many fine crosses.  I am working towards having plants produce 5 and 6 flowers per stem, which is a very high flower count for L. anceps!   Also check out the C. leopoldii (tigrina) crosses.  It has taken a long time before these crosses could be made; I wanted the best plants with high flower count and best flower quality before making them.  Don’t miss these as this quality is hard to come by.  When was the last time you have seen L. alaorii for sale, tetraploid C. aclandiae, or C. schilleriana and what about C. trianaei v. coerulea?   I hope you enjoy the species list.

Other Cattleyas
Mini-Catts
| Compact Cattleyas | Standard / Large Cattleyas | Spotted Cattleyas
Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas | Species

 

SVO 5029 
L. alaorii 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. alaorii 'SVO II'
What a great mini-catt species! L. alaorii plants stand less than 2.5” tall, bloom 2-3 times a year and have the cutest light pink flowers.  Originally described in 1967 but then lost to cultivation to be rediscovered in 1989, it is quite unusual to have such a desirable species just appear 24 years ago.  It is still hard to find in collections.  If you love Cattleya species you must make room for one or two.  These are best grown mounted or in a small basket.
3” pots $15

SVO 5128 
Gur. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots'  x Gur. aurantiaca 'SVO Spots 2'

Orange flowers with red spots…. how can this be?   Yes it’s true and quite possibly the most unusual color form for Gur. aurantiaca.  ‘Mishima Spots’ is the original plant displaying the spotting characteristic, and ‘SVO Spots 2’ is a select plant from the selfing of ‘Mishima Spots’.  Expect clusters of bright orange flowers densely spotted red, very cool.  Many plants have sheaths showing now.
3” pots $15

SVO 5185 
C. trianae v. coerulea '#2' x C. trianae v coerulea '#1'

Good trianae coeruleas are very hard to come by. The breeding for the coerulea form has been quite elusive. Many coerulea trianaes crossed together produce normal colored (lavender) flowers.  This grex is from a cross that produced all coerulea offspring. This cross uses the two best siblings from that cross and it is expected that all the progeny will be coerulea.  The best will be very valuable. Also available in the reciprocal SVO 5193
3” pots $20

SVO 5193 
C. trianiae v coerulea '#1' x C. trianae v. coerulea '#2
'
Good trianae coeruleas are very hard to come by. The breeding for the coerulea form has been quite elusive. Many coerulea trianaes crossed together produce normal colored (lavender) flowers.  This grex is from a cross that produced all coerulea offspring. This cross uses the two best siblings from that cross and it is expected that all the progeny will be coerulea.  The best will be very valuable. Also available in the reciprocal SVO 5185
3” pots $20

SVO 5194 
C. warneri v. alba 'Claire' AM/AOS x self

Good C. warneri v. alba’s are pretty unusual in collections today. ‘Claire’ was the largest of all the awarded plants with flowers just over 7” in natural spread; that’s larger than the all other color forms and is quite impressive!  These seedlings are showing good vigor and are growing well.
3” pots $15

SVO 5201 
C. mossiae 'Mrs. Venezuela' x C. mossiae 'SVO'

What a great species, mossiae matures two growths each season and then both flower simultaneously. This characteristic develops specimen plants quickly and makes for a very spectacular floral display. These two cultivars bloom with 4-6 flowers per inflorescence a higher than average count and have particularly nice lip markings.
3” pots $15

SVO 5202 
C. loddigesii var. harrisoniana v. coerulea 'Blue Sky' AM/AOS  x self

Nice desirable coerulea color form of the species. Previous selfings have produced excellent results as will this remake.
3” pots $15

SVO 5222 
C. aclandiae 'Kathleen II' AM/AOS 4n x C. aclandiae 'Claire' AM/AOS 4n

These are two very fine, highly awarded, tetraploid aclandiae.  This is a sibling cross and the offspring should all be 4n, and of exceptional quality.  Not much more needs to be said.
3” pots $25
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SVO 5224 
C. mossiae v. coerulea 'Good Lip' x C. mossiae v. coerulea 'Blue Moon'

Mossiae matures two growths each season and then both flower simultaneously a great quality of this species.   Both of these coerulea cultivars bloom with 4-5 flowers per inflorescence which is a higher than average count and have particularly nice lip markings. 
3” pots $15

SVO 5230
L. tenebrosa 'Rain Forest' FCC/AOS x L. tenebrosa 'None Darker'

Still considered by many to be the best ‘Rain Forest’ blooms with 4 to 5 flowers that are almost 8.5” wide, amazing! ‘None Darker’ had deeply colored petals and sepals some of the darkest color I have seen in a tenebrosa.  These will bloom with extra large, dark bronze flowers with deep purple lips.  These seedlings are growing well showing good vigor too.
3” pots $15

SVO 5231 
L. tenebrosa 'Taylor Bronze' AM/AOS x L. tenebrosa 'None Darker'

‘Taylor Bronze’ with its cinnamon colored flowers when awarded had 39 flowers and 31 buds on 23 inflorescences, that was surly very impressive! ‘None Darker’ had deeply colored petals and sepals some of the darkest color I have seen in a tenebrosa. These are showing excellent vigor from the ‘Taylor Bronze’.  Expect dark colored flowers and strong growing plants.
3” pots $15

SVO 5286 
C. labiata v. coerulea 'SVO A+' x C. labiata v. coerulea 'TJ'

C. labiata flowers late in the summer a welcome sight, as this is generally a low bloom time for most Cattleya growers. The improvements in coerulea forms have come a long way and this cross incorporated to of my better cultivars.  Both have good growth and flowering habits, they develop new leads easily and the 4-5 flowers are well held just above the foliage. The seedlings are looking really good.
3” pots $15

SVO 5287 
C. warscewiczii 'Alexanders Var.' x C warscewiczii 'Michael' AM/AOS

This has to be my favorite labiata Cattleya species, tall plants, huge flowers often 8” or more in natural spread, and beautiful lips, what more is there to ask for?  ‘Alexanders Var.’ is very floriferous with 6-8 flowers; ‘Michael’ is a superb grower producing 4 flowers.  This is a very desirable Cattleya species not often seen for sale and when it is, it’s very expensive.  This cross had good germination and growth in the flask the seedlings have also shown good vigor. It looks like these plants are going to be good growers, important for C. warscewiczii.
3” pots $20

SVO 5346 
L. anceps 'White Magic'  x L. anceps 'Marble Queen'

Here is an awesome polyploid hybrid that will have flowers of heavy substance and be pure white with purple veins in the throat and some will have a red blotch on the lip. This and these similar crosses SVO 5310 and SVO 5345 are all excellent.
3” pots $15

SVO 5363 
C. walkeriana v. alba 'Pendentive' AM/AOS  x C. walkeriana 'SVO's Passion' AM/AOS

This ‘Pendentive’ is a meristem mutation and has fuller shaped petals and heavier substance over the original, most likely a 4n.  ‘SVO‘s Passion’ is a 4n with a very flat flower in a rich lavender color with darker lip.   Beautifully shaped flowers.
3”pots $15

SVO 5365 
C. walkeriana v. coerulea 'Chouju' JC/AOS x C. walkeriana v. coerulea 'Wenzel's Son'

Working towards better blues, ‘Wenzel’s Son’ is one of the finer coeruleas found today and ‘Chouju’ has good color and an excellent grower.  A nice paring.
3”pots $15

SVO 5374 
C. walkeriana v. coerulea 'Wenzel's Son' x C. walkeriana v. coerulea 'Manhattan Blue'

Another cross working towards better blues, ‘Wenzel’s Son’ is one of the finer coeruleas found today and ‘Manhattan Blue’ has good color and an excellent grower.  A nice paring. One already bloomed Pic
3”pots $15

SVO 5375 
C. walkeriana 'SVO' 4N x C. walkeriana 'SVO Best' 4N

To exceptional tetraploid walkerianas, what more can I say?
3”pots $15

 

** Some pictures are representative of the cross and not actual parents.

Other Cattleyas
Mini-Catts
| Compact Cattleyas | Standard / Large Cattleyas | Spotted Cattleyas
Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas | Species

 

 

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