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Sunset Valley Orchids Catasetinae Plant Offering

I am pleased to share the most comprehensive selection of Catasetinae hybrids and species ever offered.  Through the ongoing process of collecting, selecting, and developing our parental lines, the quality of the breeding stock is now without compare.  These new hybrids will set the standard for flower quality, plant vigor, and your enjoyment.

This year's main focus has been on Fredclarkeara breeding.  This wonderful hybrid genus produces fantastic results, with beautiful color, superior shape, high flower count, perfectly arranged blooms, and highly fragrant long-lasting flowers.  Quality in this genus is just amazing!  To date, Fredclarkeara cultivars have received 18 FCC/AOS awards from the American Orchid Society!  Remarkable statistics aside, these really are great plants: robust growers, reliable bloomers, and long-lived flowers.  This is the year to acquire the best Fredclarkeara genetics ever offered; don't miss out!

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 in the genus.  We have been selecting Cycnoches for our breeding program using several criteria: plant vigor, flower quality, flower color, and resistance to back bulb die-off.  Our Cycnoches species and hybrids have been through this selection process for two to three generations, and the resulting improvements in flower quality and ease of culture are evident.
By popular demand, we have produced a few more standard-sized Catasetum crosses.  The large flowers are really amazing!  These new crosses have superior genetics and are producing some really superb flowers.

We also are continuing the successful “mini-Catasetum” and “mini-Clowesetum” crosses, including the introduction of several very promising new ones.  This is a new plant form that has gained considerable attention from collectors.  Besides being compact growers, these plants consistently flower 2-4 times a year! 

In this list you also will see advanced hybrids using Mormodes.  We have been working with these for a number of years, developing new colors and improving plant vigor.  Mormodes are some of my favorite late-blooming Catasetinae.  They have fantastic, twisted flowers that are really different, with bizarre bold colors and spicy fragrances that signal the end of the Catasetinae blooming season.

I've also received many requests for Catasetinae species.  When breeding species, it's important to use the best possible parental stock to accentuate good qualities, especially 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.

The new Catasetinae list will be released in two parts, this being the first.  The second will follow in approximately 5-6 weeks.
Good growing,
Fred Clarke

SVO 6487
Fdk. Beverly Danielson (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davies Ranches' AM/AOS)

With this cross we are taking the nearly perfect darkest burgundy flowers of Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' and pairing them with the huge lip and colorful spotted flower of Ctsm. Orchidglade.  Our experience has taught us that this type of hybrid makes for improved flower form.  The flower color of the progeny will range from solid deep burgundy to densely spotted burgundy, and a few might even be light yellow with bold red spots.  These will be unique and beautiful flowers. Here is the flower the cross was named after Pic
3” pots $20

SVO 6542  
Ctsm. New Hybrid(Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) gives predictable results in its progeny by imparting good flower form, a fimbriate lip, and well-arranged flowers.  It is also a vigorous grower, blooming 3-4 times a season.  José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips - really an outstanding plant!  This cross is all about color and frilly lips.  We will see 15-20 large, dark burgundy, spotted flowers on strong sturdy stems.  The lips will be a very dark color and have fimbriate edges.  These are larger growing plants that will really impress!
3” pots $18

SVO 6728  
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Fox Tail' )

This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding - mini-Fredclarkearas!!!We understand Painted Desert as a parent, producing offspring with excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures at only 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the superior flowers of the mini-Catasetum Melana Davison (Penang x denticulatum).  The combination will make this grex a star!  Flower colors will range from black through deep burgundy and spotted red/burgundy.  All will have excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  Check out the first to bloom Pic 1Pic 2, Pic 3   A great new hybrid with amazing flowers!!!
3” pots $20

SVO 7206  
Cyc. Super Cooper (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Jumbo Cooper 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This cross is all about green flowers on long cascading inflorescences. The cross of Jumbo Cooper used the very green Cyc. cooperi 'Green Emerald' HCC/AOS and the exceptional  Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS as parents.  The offspring were high quality, with 3 receiving AOS awards.  Backcrossing Jumbo Cooper to warscewiczii will increase flower size, improve overall shape, reinforce the green flower color and increase flower size.  The plants are showing excellent vigor.
3” pots $18

SVO 7207  
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Dark Swan 'Bold Spots' )

I have been working diligently on Cycnoches for many years now, and I feel that these newest crosses are will be exceptional. Dark Swan is (Richard Brandon x Chloronge), and this is a complex hybrid with 5 species in its makeup: warscewiczii, loddigesii, chlorochilon, barthiorum and cooperi. 'Bold Spots' has a very dark bold spots nearly covering the petals and sepals. The addition of warscewiczii will widen the segments and improve substance. Flower color will range from olive green to dark burgundy.  These will be grow rapidly and bloom easily.
3” pots $18

SVO 7210
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

These two parents, Jumbo Lace and Frilly Doris, have been successful in producing many good hybrids with frilly lips. I have always had a 'thing' for frilly lips, and with the new work in Clowesetum breeding, this was an obvious pairing. Jumbo Lace has quite a bit of yellow in its long-lived flowers, and Frilly Doris has bold spotting, large flowers and blooms 3-4 times a season. This cross will bring together some important qualities, and we expect to see plants flower from mid-summer through winter. Flower life will exceed 3 weeks, and the blooms will be light yellow with burgundy spotting and, of course, frilly lips!
3” pots $18

SVO 7212
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Extravaganza 'SVO')

Ctsm. Karen Armstrong was one the first successful mini-Catasetum grexes, and many superior cultivars were produced. This Karen Armstrong has a creamy yellow flower with bold coalescing dark spotting. The parents of Extravaganza are (Karen Armstrong x Louise Clarke), representing the next generation of mini-Catasetum breeding.  The cultivar 'SVO' has a particularly large, colorful lip and flowers 3-4 times a year on a surprisingly small plant. This is the first cross of the third generation of mini-Catasetum breeding.  These will be small plants, maturing at 5-7” tall, and free-flowering with 2-3 inflorescences per season.  The flowers will have a yellow base color with bold burgundy spotting and blotching.  Everyone has room for this fantastic cross!!
3” pots $18

SVO 7223
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Leucadia' x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

Reducing plant size while not compromising floral quality and quantity is the breeder's challenge. Susan Fuchs (Orchidglade x expansum) has been making significant contributions to modern Catasetum hybrids, and its large flowers, good shape, ease of growth and ability to flower several times a season make it a great candidate for this new hybrid.  Ctsm. tigrinum is a small growing plant with pseudobulbs less than 6” tall.  Plants bloom several times throughout the season, producing whitish flowers that are spotted light red on pendulous inflorescences with 15-25 flowers each. This species has wide petals that make attractive, full-shaped flowers.  We have bloomed several test crosses, and this fullness appears to be a dominant characteristic - very good news!  The expectation is for 15-20 good-sized flowers with excellent shape, produced several times a season, all on a small plant that deserves the name 'mini-Catasetum.'  This is a very promising new look in Catasetinae breeding.
3” pots $18

SVO 7224  
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Cyc. Richard Brandon 'Extra Wide Petals')

Richard Brandon 'Extra Wide' has the widest petals imaginable for a Cycnoches hybrid.  The flowers are bronze colored, and the lip is densely spotted burgundy. Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' is an outstanding line bred variety that has nearly perfect form and heavy substance.  These will have superior shape, high flower count, spotted lips and green to bronze flowers. This is a cross with superior potential.
3” pots $18

SVO 7238
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'Orange Lip')

Jumbo Lace was one of the early successful Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia)  hybrids.  The flowers have nice color, good form and longevity of 3-4 weeks.  The 'SVO' cultivar has great arrangement and flower count, plus plants bloom 2-3 times a season, starting in the fall.  The denticulatum is a selection of the sibling cross of ('SVO' AM/AOS x 'SVO II' AM/AOS).  It has great color and was very quick to bloom from flask. This combination will make a mini-Clowesetum hybrid.  I believe this breeding has a place in every collection.  The plants are under 6” tall, bloom in fall/winter, and have colorful flowers that last 3-4 weeks.
3” pots $18

SVO 7244  
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Best')

I've been breeding for Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger (pentadactylon x herrenhusanum) has this color combination as well as great flower form, high flower count and ease of plant growth.  This warscewiczii has great flower quality and is a reliable, vigorous plant that has been an important part of my breeding program. The hope is for a percentage of yellow flowers with fine red spots.  Flower shape will be excellent, and the pendent inflorescences will have 13-15 well-arranged flowers.  I am very optimistic about the results here.
3” pots $18

SVO 7249  
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Upper Echelon 'SVO Sun Blast' x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Upper Echelon (Clo. Jumbo Lace x Ctsm. Orchidglade) is a second-generation Clowesetum hybrid with exceptionally nice color, shape, size and flower longevity. José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips - really outstanding!  This is a third-generation Clowesetum hybrid, and the offspring will exhibit many traits of the José Abalo: larger flowers, rich burgundy colors, and flower longevity of 3 weeks or more.  These might be a real surprise when they begin to flower!  I am setting aside a few of these to observe…
3” pot $18

SVO 7280  
Ctsm. lucis (Ctsm. lucis 'SVO'  x Ctsm. lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' AM/AOS)

Ctsm. lucis was discovered in 1994 in the disputed border area between Colombia and Venezuela.  Only a few plants were found, and we were fortunate to acquire some in 2007.  The plants faithfully bloom male each season, and several crosses have been made with female flowers of other catasetums.  I was beginning to wonder if these ever produced female flowers.  Finally, in 2016 a plant produced female flowers, and a successful sib cross was made.  It is hard to believe, but this cross is the result of waiting 9 years for female flowers!!!  What make this Catasetum remarkable are the upright inflorescences 4' or more in length that carry 20+ green flowers with white lips!  As a bonus, flowers last is 3-4 weeks, which is very unusual for a Catasetum.  These are large, robust plants and very rare in cultivation.  Don't miss out on this one!
3” pots $25

SVO 7290  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Wonder Woman' x Ctsm. John Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

Modern pileatum-based Catasetum hybrids are reaching new heights!  The huge shield-shaped lips and large flower size plus the bright bold colors of this breeding line really grabs your attention. Ctsm. Louise Clarke (my mother's namesake) has been receiving AOS awards for excellent color, size and presentation.  The cultivar 'Wonder Woman' is a real standout, flowering 3-4 times a year with great flower presentation and color.  The FCC/AOS awarded to John C. Burchett is very telling  - its flower size, color and shape are amazing!  This cross will have boldly colored flowers in burgundy and yellow with very large flat lips, possibly 3” across!  The well-arranged flowers will appear 2-3 times a season and command attention.
3” pots $18

SVO 7297  
Clo. New Hybrid (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Dentigrianum 'SVO Excellent')

I have been waiting for these to come out of the lab! Grace Dunn (warczewitzii x rosea) has been a productive parent, with its lemon-scented pink and green frilly-lipped blooms on many-flowered pendulous inflorescences in winter. Dentigrianum (denticulatum x tigrinum) is a beautiful flower with amazing color and form; check out the picture!  This is the first 2nd-generation hybrid with tigrinum, and we are expecting to see a positive influence of tigrinum on flower shape, with wide petals in the offpsring.  This combination makes a mini-Clowesetum hybrid, with plants under 6” tall that bloom in fall/winter and have colorful flowers that last 3-4 weeks. This is one of those must-get plants!
3” pots $20

SVO 7298  
Clo. New Hybrid (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Live Oak' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

Grace Dunn (warczewitzii x rosea) has been a productive parent, with its lemon-scented pink and green frilly-lipped blooms produced on many-flowered pendulous inflorescences in winter. Ctsm. tigrinum is a very special species: small-growing, and flowering several times a season with cascading inflorescences that each hold 15-30 white-cream blooms spotted lightly in red on the petals and sepals.  Equally important are the shape and placement of its wide petals, which fill the space between the dorsal and lateral sepals, creating a full-shaped flower that is transmitted to its offspring.  This is a great characteristic and very valuable in hybridization.  This mini-Clowesetum will flower at 4-6” tall and bear cascading inflorescences of flowers with excellent shape in pink, white and cream.  The long-lived flowers will be produced in fall and winter.  A very charming hybrid!
3” pots $18

SVO 7305  
Clo. Alexandra Savva (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

This is one of the most charming Rebecca Northen hybrids.  The flowers are light pink with a dense peppering of dark pink/red spots.  Mature bulbs produce 2-3 pendulous inflorescence in winter, each carrying 20-30 long-lived blooms in a nicely-arranged 'fox tail' cluster.  If you like Rebecca Northen, you will love this.  Here is a picture of a mature blooming plant.
3” pots $20

SVO 7306  
Clo. New Hybrid (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Ctsm. semicirculatum 'The  Best One')

Mini-Catasetums have been a successful new direction in breeding, so this year we are trying to release some mini-Clowesetums.  The hybrid genus Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia) is known for flower longevity.  Rebecca Northen (Grace Dunn x rosea) is a great parent, with its pink frilly-lipped flowers, and has been used in many successful hybrids.  The pairing with semicirculatum, with its coarsely fimbriate lip and boldly spotted flowers, is an interesting one.  Both parents are small, compact growers with high flower counts.  Rebecca Northen has a densely-flowered inflorescence, and semicirculatum produces a long, arching stem.  Plenty of long-lived flowers from this mini-Clowesetum.  Flower color will range from clear pink to pink with spots, all with frilly lips.  Everyone has space for one of these!
3” pots $18

SVO 7307  
Clo. New Hybrid (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Ctsm. cirrhaeoides 'SVO Darkness')

Rebecca Northen (Grace Dunn x rosea) is a great parent, with its 'Lemon Pledge furniture polish' fragrance and many pink frilly-lipped flowers. This is a small-growing plant that reaches specimen size quickly and has been used in many successful hybrids.  Ctsm. cirrhaeoides 'SVO Darkness' is really amazing: this year it bloomed with 2 inflorescences and a total of 86 flowers!  The cultivar name was inspired by the dark flower color.  These  will be mini-Clowesetums, and plants will stay under 6” tall.  Approximately 25-35 flowers are expected per inflorescence, and each bulb should produce several inflorescences in late fall and winter.  Flowers will exhibit a range of colors from soft clear pink, to pink spotted to possibly solid dark burgundy.
3” pots $18

SVO 7309  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. tiginum 'Wyche' HCC/AOS)

Flower quality in Portagee Star is surprisingly nice, with just three species in its background: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  I strongly believe that Ctsm. tigrinum will be a positive influence on the offspring. Earlier crosses have shown that tigrinum imparts the desirable characteristic of wide petals, creating a full flower shape.  These will also be 'mini-Catasetums,' as the tigrinum will reduce plant size.  I can hardly wait to see a lot of these new crosses bloom, but I'm particularly interested in this one.  SVO 7314 is very similar but was made with a different cultivar of tigrinum.
3” pots $18

SVO 7310
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. saccatum 'Brooklyn Botanical Garden' FCC/AOS)

The tried and true Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) imparts good flower form, fimbriate lips and well-arranged flowers.  It's a vigorous grower that blooms reliably 3-4 times a season with 23-26 flowers per inflorescence.  A First Class Certificate (FCC) is the highest accolade for flower quality given by the American Orchid Society (AOS).  This saccatum is truly outstanding and blooms with 25 flowers nearly 6” across on an inflorescence that is 3' long!!  As if that weren't enough, I have seen this plant flower 4 times in one season!!!  This is a 'novelty' type of breeding, and the flowers will be exotic-looking in burgundy tones, and the lips will be coarsely frilled.  There will be over 20 large flowers on each inflorescence, which will be produced 3-4 times a season.
3” pots $18

SVO 7311  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Fox Tail')

The flower quality of Portagee Star is surprisingly nice: the shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  Melana Davison (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. denticulatum) has been a landmark hybrid in the breeding of reduced plant size while maintaining excellent flower size, shape, color, and count.  It also has been recognized with 7 AM/AOS awards!  The mostly red flowers of 'Fox Tail' have an excellent presentation; the flower count is very high.  Here we have crossed the standard size Portagee Star onto a first generation mini-Catasetum Melana Davison.  These plants will still be small growers and stay under 8” tall.  I expect excellent flower form, increased bloom size and easy culture.  These should produce many-flowered inflorescences 2-3 times a season.  Flower color will vary from light yellow to dark red and everything in-between.
3” pots $18

SVO 7312  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed#2' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Double Down 'BPYL')

This type of breeding has been in the planning for many years.  I have always wanted to breed Catasetums with dark burgundy segments and bright yellow lips.  Finally, here it is!  Ctsm. tenebrosum is a showy species and the cultivar used here has the best color and shape, with dark petals and sepals and a contrasting chartreuse lip. One of the important characteristics of tenebrosum as a parent is its early blooming.  This is one of the first Catasetums to flower each season, and the bloom spikes develop with the new growths, traits that are useful in developing early-to-bloom hybrids. Ctsm. Double Down (Chuck Taylor x kleberianum) produced many plants that flowered with dark segments and yellow lips.  The cultivar used here, 'BPYL,' stands for 'Black Petals Yellow Lip,' and the flowers have great color contrast on plants that bloom 3-4 times a year. The addition of tenebrosum with its early flowering habit and complementary flower colors should result in plants that bloom early, mid, and late season with very dark segments and bright yellow lips.
3” pots $18  

SVO 7313  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

The tried and true Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) imparts good flower form, fimbriate lips and well-arranged flowers.  It's a vigorous grower that blooms reliably 3-4 times a season with 23-26 flowers per inflorescence. Early Ctsm. tigrinum crosses have shown that this species transmits wide petals, a desirable characteristic that creates full flower shape.  These will also be 'mini-Catasetums,' as the tigrinum parent will reduce plant size.  These will have high flower count, spotted flowers and frilly lips.  What more could you want? 
3” pots $18

SVO 7314  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

Flower quality in Portagee Star is surprisingly nice, with just three species in its background: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  I strongly believe that Ctsm. tigrinum will be a positive influence on the offspring. Earlier crosses have shown that tigrinum imparts the desirable characteristic of wide petals, creating a full flower shape.  These will also be 'mini-Catasetums,' as the tigrinum will reduce plant size.  I can hardly wait to see a lot of these new crosses bloom, but I'm particularly interested in this one.  SVO 7309 is very similar but was made with a different cultivar of tigrinum.
3” pots $18

SVO 7315  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' AM/AOS)

Flower quality in Portagee Star is surprisingly nice, with just three species in its background: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  What makes Ctsm. lucis remarkable is its upright 4' long inflorescence that carries many long-lived green flowers with white lips.  Earlier crosses in this style of breeding have been excellent.  We are expecting flower color to range between yellow with a red blush to pure white.  These will have high flower count, strong stems and flower longevity of 3-4 weeks, a nice trait passed on by lucis to its offspring.
3” pot $18

SVO 7345  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS x Ctsm. tiginum 'SVO')

Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) is a prolific bloomer with large yellow flowers, red spots and a huge lip.  As a bonus, it is an excellent breeder, reliably producing high-quality offspring. Ctsm. tigrinum blooms with 15-30 flowers that are white-cream with light red spots, produced several times a season on cascading inflorescences. Early hybrids with tigrinum have shown that offspring produce flowers with wide petals, a very desirable quality.  These will be 'mini-Catasetums,' as tigrinum will reduce plant stature due to its small growing habit.  These will have highly spotted flowers with excellent, full shape. I am really looking forward to these!
3” pots $18

 

4 inch Catasetinae

SVO 6480
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)
After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt) has excellent form, arrangement and beautifully formed flowers that are heavily overlaid maroon with coalesced dark maroon spots, a great color for a Fdk.  The yellow and red spotted flowers of Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) with its huge lip will add flower size and color to this cross.  Here the expectation is for lighter flower colors, possibly in sunset shades, with bold burgundy/maroon spotting and lips that are broadened and flattened.  This is a new color choice in Fredclarkeara.
4” pots $28

SVO 6481       
Fdk. L'amour de vie de Sue (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Very Dark')
The influence of Mormodia in breeding is well known,  Mo. Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) will add 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 'Very Dark' has dark burgundy flowers with huge flat lips, high flower count, and flowers 2-3 times a year.  The additional dose of pileatum and expansum provided by Ctsm. Louise Clarke will give improved flower size and lip width.  Many will be red with darker spots, and I believe this cross will have the potential to produce black-colored flowers as well. First to bloom Pic 1.  
4” pots $28

SVO 6483 
Clo. NEW HYBRID (
Clo. JEM'S Dragons Tears 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS
Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia) have excellent flower longevity with blooms often lasting more than 4 weeks!  JEM's Dragon Tears (Cl. warcziewitzi x Ctsm. cirrhaeoides) at maturity is a small plant standing about 6” tall; it's a prolific bloomer with each pendulous inflorescence carrying as many as 35 flowers.  Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has large yellow flowers with red spotting and a huge lip.  This is a good cross, made to deliver high quality progeny, with high flower count, a reduced plant size, great flower longevity, in a range of colors but mostly yellows with bold burgundy spotting. Limited supply
4” pots $24

SVO 6491
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO')
This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding!  Because of the Karen Armstrong influence, these plants will stay under 8” tall, which makes this a mini-Fredclarkeara!!!  Can you tell how excited I am?  We know how influential Painted Desert is in breeding, producing excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures only at 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the mini-Catasetum Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum), with its bright yellow flowers covered in coalescing burgundy spots.  The combination will make this grex a star!  Flower colors will range from deep red to spotted red/burgundy, and we expect excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I am already anxious to see this bloom!
4” pots $28

SVO 6492
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS  x Ctsm. Alexa 'Good One')
Here is another mini-Fredclarkeara!  The influence of Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is well documented, imparting excellent form, color and flower longevity to its progeny.  The mini-Catasetum Alexa (Bela Vista's Sangria x denticulatum) 'Good One' is the largest, fullest and darkest I have seen from the cross; it really is a standout!  These flowers will range in colors from the darkest burgundy to deep red.  They also will have a high flower count, excellent form and be well arranged.  The mature plants will be 6-8” tall and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I can hardly wait!
4”pots $28

SVO 6504 
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (
Ctsm. gladiatorium 'SVO 35' Ctsm. fimbriatum 'Golden Horizon')
Here is the 2nd novelty Catasetum involving gladiatorium 'SVO 35.'  This amazing clone has light yellow flowers with red bars, and bears an incredible 35 flowers per stem.  The fimbriatum is a bright yellow flower with red spotting and a coarsely fimbriate lip.  Here we're having some fun with Catasetum breeding!  These will bear bright yellow flowers with burgundy spots and bars on the segments, and the lips will be highly fimbriate.  I expect the plants to produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb with 20 plus blooms, a new style of breeding with exotic looking flowers. Super easy to grow and bloom.
4” pots $24

SVO 6521       
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS' Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')
Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) has produced a number of significant plants, with five receiving AOS awards to date.  'SVO Crazy Good' is fantastic, with amazing form, size, color and an amazing, very broad almost-flat lip.  The addition of José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade), with its 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips, will give us an excellent opportunity for very dark flowers, with some the elusive black color.  All the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident with this cross.  If I was a betting man, this is one I would place my money on. This is not to be overlooked!  
4” pots $28

SVO 6525       
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. Dark There After 'SVO Crazy Good' AM/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
The Dark There After (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Donna Wise) 'SVO Crazy Good' is a fantastic flower with amazing form, size, color and an unusually broad lip which is almost flat lip.   John C. Burchett (Ctsm. João Stivalli x Ctsm Susan Fuchs) is as good as it gets with Catasetum breeding today - the dark burgundy flowers are of superior size, color, and shape.  This is Fdk. breeding at its finest!  The Dark There After is fantastic, and adding the huge, dark pileatum-based lip of John C. Burchett again will further increase the size and flatten the shape of the flower and lip.  All of the benefits of Fredclarkeara breeding will be evident with this cross.  This is a cross not to overlook!  Huge potential with this grex.
4” pots $28

SVO 6528
Fdk. NEW HYBRID (
Fdk. After Hours 'SVO Way Good' x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
The grex After Hours (Fdk. After Dark 'SVO' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS) has two FCC/AOS parents is and the backcross to John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS makes it three.  This type of line breeding, in which a parent is crossed back to its progeny, will continue to increase flower size and improve lip flatness while maintaining the dark, nearly black-burgundy color.  These will have the excellent qualities of Fredclarkeara hybrids, including flower quantity, form, arrangement, size, fragrance and bloom longevity.
4” pots $28

SVO 6541       
Ctsm. NEW HYBRID (
Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. spitzii 'SVO Gold' FCC/AOS)
Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) is a well-known breeding plant that gives predictable results by imparting good flower form, a fimbriate lip and well arranged flowers.  It also is a vigorous grower, blooming 3-4 times a season.  Ctsm. spitzii 'SVO Gold' has solid bright yellow flowers with strong inflorescences carrying 25-30 blooms apiece.  The lip of spitzii is thick and solid, and should be valuable in flattening the lips of its progeny.  Here we are expecting flowers to have yellow base colors with darker spotting on all segments, and lips that are fimbriate and flattened.  These are strong-growing, robust plants that will bloom 2-4 times a season, with sturdy inflorescences carrying 20 or more flowers.
4” pots $24

SVO 6720       
Cyc. NEW HYBRID (
Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)
I've been breeding for Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  The Anne-Kathrin Berger (pentadactylon x herrenhusanum) has this color combination as well as great flower form, high flower count and ease of plant growth.  This warscewiczii has great flower quality and is a reliable, vigorous plant that has been part of my breeding stock for at least 15 years, imparting these qualities to many offspring. The hope is for a high percentage of yellow flowers with fine red spots. Flower shape will be excellent, and the pendant inflorescences will have 13- 15 well arranged flowers.  I am very optimistic about the results here.
4” pots $24

 

 

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