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This is a discussion on Cattlianthe Chocolate Drop 'Kodama' AM/AOS within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; The old school growers recognize this as Cattleya Chocolate Drop 'Kodama'. However, when Cattleya aurantiaca ...
The old school growers recognize this as Cattleya Chocolate Drop 'Kodama'.
However, when Cattleya aurantiaca was reclassified as Guarianthe aurantiaca all the resulting cattleya x guarianthe hybrids were reclassified as Cattlianthe (ctt).
It is a hybrid of Cattleya guttata x Cattleya aurantiaca.
Flowers are about 3" across. The petals have shades of dark red and burgundy while the throat starts out as yellow and blends in with the reds as it progresses outwards.
I can describe the fragrance as multi-layered.
The first scent that strikes you as you get close is a light but sharp citrus scent.
Once your get past that, you then start to smell a medium jasmine fragrance.
And finally, the last scent that remains as you linger is a heavy gardenia scent.
It is somewhat interesting that all the fragrances that I can detect from this plant would have come from white flowers.
Full shot (+ part of the wood basket)
Close up of raceme #1
Close up of raceme #2
Close up of a single flower
My growing conditions:
* Mostly empty basket with a small amount of coconut husk chips at the base of the plant.
* Summer daytime highs: 100F (has survived heatwaves of 107F+ with daily waterings)
* Summer nighttime lows: 70F
* Winter daytime highs: 80F
* Winter nighttime lows: 55F
* Light: 4000-5000fc under dappled shade inside the greenhouse.
* Humidity: 40-60%
* Blooming schedule: Buds start in early August, full bloom by late September.
* Once the flower has fully opened, it stays open for about 2 months.
For reference, here are the flowers from last year in October.
There is already a significant improvement in flower count per pseudobulb. 6+7 this year compared to 3+3 last year.
Oooh I really like this one! Beautiful texture and color and an overall very nice looking plant.( and fragrant!) Much improvement since last year, well done!
I love it, very beautiful and with sent, can't beat that .. Gin
Oh, that is stunning! Bravo! So much improvement this year - you are doing something it loves!
Excellent post, and really cool blooms!! They look so perfect, they could be silk Really nice deep color, and great to see that the # of blooms increased from year to year - very interesting!!
Very lovely. Thanks for sharing.
classic cultivar. will always be a cattleya to me.
Love that deep color, the texture looks so smooth, and the scent sounds incredible.
Beautiful and what a flowering... love the colours (it is so chocolate and now I want to eat some) and talk about floriferous!!! Good growing John.