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Mokara Orchid

This is a discussion on Mokara Orchid within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Your Mokara is locally call in Thailand as Jub-Kwan which is sound Chinese to me, ...

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    Your Mokara is locally call in Thailand as Jub-Kwan which is sound Chinese to me, Mokara is very easy to grow in Thailand, it definitely easier than Ascocenda or Vanda because it have arachnis blood, seem to tolerate more sun than the normal species, and very easy to flower,

    The first inception of this inter-generic hybrid is probably from Singapore, around 1969, It quite stiff and don't have a very full-round flower... Arachnis did have a very strong influence in the shape and form of the flower including the freckle of the flower (Which I think make it very interesting) but it last very long in vase (Some claim a months if keep changing water)

    The Thai Farmer pickup from there and create their own hybrid follow up by Mk. Pannee, Mk. Calipso Mk. Nora Blue (probably from Malaysia) and the MK Bangkhuntien series... I guest the Thai have back cross them with big and vibrant vanda which is quite abundant There. One problem with first generation of MK is the flower arangement is not so good, and the the stiffness of flower stem... but in mordern hybrid it have a fuller shape and less stiff. Many interesting hybrid here in Thailand by the orchid farmer, But most are unlikely to have a register name...

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    I love it. Such a vibrant color.

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    There are several named Mokara that very much like this one...
    Walter Oumae
    Tan Mei Ying
    Chark Kuan

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    Mokaras that show their Arachnis ancestry have a definite charm and grace that is laking in typical Vandas and Ascocendas. This one is no exception.

    Chark Kuan is usually much more bow-legged. This one may be another generation away from Arachnis.

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    Mokara is a tri-generic cross of Arachnis x Ascocentrum x Vanda. The first Mokara was Mokara Wai Liang registered by C Y Mok (thus Mok+ara) of Singapore in 1969 of a cross of Arachnis Isabel x Ascocenda Red Gem. Before Mokara the scorpion-shaped Arachnis and Aranda (Arachnis x Vanda) were very popular in Malaysia and Singapore for the cut flower trade. As mentioned earlier by Smithdisak mokaras have very long vase life - normally 2 - 3 weeks. The most popular and prolific Arachnis parent was Arachnis hookeriana var luteola and also var alba because its hybrids were short and free flowering. The Arachnis flos aeris hybrids were not very free flowering and therefore did not find favour with the hybridisers..

    Mokaras are the mainstay of many cut flower growers in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and now Vietnam. Though Thailand was a late starter in Aranda/Mokara hybridising, it is now very much in the forefront because of its wealth of quality vandas and ascocendas that could be bred with the Arachnis parents.

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