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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.

SVO 2336   NEW
C. luddemanniana v. coerulea 'Paul' AM/AOS x C. luddemanniana v. coerulea 'Francisco'
Coerulea forms of C. luddemanniana are often quite expensive and hard to locate.  This paring will produce 100% blues and have excellent shape and color, good vigorous growers.
4” pots $25

SVO 4958   NEW
C. leopoldii 'SVO' AM/AOS x C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS
Here we have an exceptionally nice pairing of two very fine plants. When breeding Cattleya species that are slow to mature, it is only logical that the best parental stock be used. The 'SVO' flowers with 48 blooms! That is the most flowers of any awarded C. leopoldii.  The 'Paul' has large, flat flowers of a pleasing rich chestnut brown.  This grex will produce the next level of improvements in the breeding of C. leopoldii.  This is one of my favorite species. 
4” pots $25

SVO 4960   NEW
C. leopoldii v. albescence 'Centro de Esmeralda' x C. leopoldii v. albescence 'SVO' 
This is a very unique color form of C. leopoldii: white lips, green petals and sepals with light colored spotting or v. albescence.  Not often seen in cultivation and very collectable.  
4” pots $25

SVO 5194    NEW
C. warneri v alba 'Claire' AM/AOS x self
Good C. warneri v. alba's are hard to come by. '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
4” pots $25

SVO 5293   NEW
L. anceps 'Ultimo' x L. anceps 'Rustic Royalty' HCC/AOS
'Ultimo' is from the 'Mendenhall' breeding, characterized by its large lip and wide petals.  'Rustic Royalty' has some L. anceps v. guerrero in its breeding adding a little flaring to the petals and darkening the lip to a deep crimson-purple.   These two different styles in anceps breeding come them together to give a range of outcomes with the best having the darker, larger lip and wider petals with a light flaring.  Also 4-5 flowers per stem will be common.
4” pots $25
SOLD OUT

 

SVO 2933 NEW
C. schilleriana 'SVO' AM/AOS x self

This is one to get, although it is not the easiest to grow (you need to be sure the plants dry out between watering in the fall, winter and spring) but the 5-7 spotted flowers with large red/purple lips, once seen are not soon to be forgotten.   The ‘SVO’ cultivar is of excellent quality.  These will make excellent basket or mounted plants.
3” pots $25
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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
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SVO 5114 NEW
C. intermedia v. aquinii 'Just as Nice' x C. intermedia v. aquinii 'SVO' HCC/AOS

This is a strain of v. aquinii that has flat petal presentation, which is a significant improvement over earlier breeding. Petals light pink with dark red-purple flares. This cross is in very limited in supply. ‘Just as Nice’ compares to ‘SVO Star Burst’ AM/AOS
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 5182 NEW
C. leopoldii v. coerulea 'Blue Spots' x C. leopoldii v. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS

C. leopoldii is a challenge to grow well; maybe that’s why it is one of my favorite bifoliate Cattleyas?  This is a very unique color form; it has green flowers with faint spots and coerulea colored lips. The color form is rarely seen for sale and when it is it’s often very expensive.  I had excellent seed germination so we have affordable plants.
3” pots $20
SOLD OUT

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 5192 NEW
C. leopoldii 'Dark Select #1'  x C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS

This is my favorite bifolate Cattleya. I have been collecting these for years and selecting for the best cultivars waiting to make select crosses with the best genetic material.  The ‘Dark Select #1’ is from ‘Dark Prince’ and has exceptionally dark color and heavy substance, ‘Paul’ is a beautifully balanced flower in a rich copper brown color. Both plants have excellent growth habits and this cross is exhibiting good vigor.
3” pots $15
SOLD OUT

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
SOLD OUT

SVO 5200 NEW
C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS  x self

‘Paul’ is a beautifully balanced flower in a rich copper brown color with 18-22 flowers per stem.  A great species to grow, when mature these plants are awe inspiring.
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
SOLD OUT

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
SOLD OUT

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
SOLD OUT

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 5229 NEW
 L. tenebrosa v. aurea 'SVO' x L. tenebrosa v. alba 'Thonhauser's Treasure'

To the best of my knowledge this is a first, the pairing of an aurea with alba L. tenebrosa.  Will some be true semi-albas, white flowers with purple lips?  Or will they be aureas?  Or possibly revert back to a more normal color form?   Not sure.  The young plants foliage are not exhibiting much of the darker pigment colors like the next two crosses are, this might be a clue to the flower color.  But what if some did come out with white flowers and purple lips, how awesome would that be? No promises here, but as someone once said “Nothing ventured nothing gained”
3” pots $20

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 5293 NEW
L. anceps 'Ultimo' x L. anceps 'Rustic Royalty' HCC/AOS

‘Ultimo’ is from the ‘Mendenhall’ breeding, characterized by its large lip and wide petals.  ‘Rustic Royalty’ has some L. anceps v. guerrero in its background adding a little flaring to the petals and darkening the lip to a deep crimson-purple.   These two different styles in anceps breeding will give a range of outcomes with the best having the darker, larger lip and wider petals with a light flaring.  Also 4-5 flowers per stem will be common.
3” pots $15

SVO 5298 NEW
L. anceps v. roblingiana 'La Jolla' HCC x L. anceps 'Disciplinata' HCC/AOS

So here we have combined the flared roeblingiana form with the flecked ‘Discplinata’ form.  I am hoping for flares and flecked flowers… How cool will that be?   Better get several plants to be sure you get a good one.
3” pots $15
SOLD OUT

SVO 5310 NEW
L. anceps 'White Wonder'  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 5345 and SVO 5346 are all excellent.   Looks like I went a bit crazy with this color form, I was just so impressed with the quality of the plants flowering I could not stop myself!
3” pots $15

SVO 5314 NEW
L. anceps v. ruberosa 'SVO' x self

This is not from the ‘Mendenhall’ strain, but from breeding done in Mexico.   This is a dark color form and is particularly beautifully shaped dark lavender. This is a nice alternative to the now common ‘Mendenhall’ look of many L. anceps. 
3” pots $15
SOLD OUT

SVO 5343 NEW
 L. anceps 'Marble Queen' x self

The selfing led to several notable cultivars with ‘White Marble’ being most notable.
This is a 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.
3” pots $15

SVO 5345 NEW
L. anceps 'White Marble'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 5346 are all excellent.
3” pots $15

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
SOLD OUT

SVO 5398 NEW
C. trianae 'Cashens' FCC/AOS  x self

‘Cashens’ is considered one if not the best trianae today. The selfings will be outstanding.
3”pots $20
SOLD OUT

 

 

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