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Dendrobium Gatton Sunray 'Excelsior' FCC RHS

This is a discussion on Dendrobium Gatton Sunray 'Excelsior' FCC RHS within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by hoanglong This orchid has developed a long time, surely it bears a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoanglong View Post
    This orchid has developed a long time, surely it bears a very special meaning, beautiful flowers
    This plant has great sentimental value for me.It was given to me by an uncle of mine, who introduced me to orchids. He received this plant as a gift from the late Eric Young (of the famed Eric Young Foundation and the Orchid Consevatorium on the island of Jersey, in the Channel Islands). This particular clone is the var 'Excelsior' FCC RHS, and has won many awards at shows in Malaysia.

    Yes it is a very old cross registered in 1919 Den pulchellum x Den Illustre. Den Illustre = pulchellum x chrysotoxum registered in1895 by no less a personage than Veitch! So you see there are 2x pulchellum. in this cross.

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    Thats a whole lot of history! A very treasured orchid!

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    Very beautiful orchids and thanks for the history of the crosses Yew.

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    very beautiful yew.....the story you speak of kinda reminds me of my gatton sunray that i acquired last year. Obviously my two little 3 caned kieki's are not that old but their mother is...lol The man i got them from is some where in his low 80's......His name is Charlie Sands...i also think he got his plant in the 60's when he used to model/perform and tap dance. His plant was around 4 feet tall with canes going everywhere in his half runned down greenhouse that he cant take care of anymore.... Very interesting elder with plants and orchids from around the world that ive never even seen. Right in the midst of Florida...I like having stories to go with each of my orchids and a history to them......again another awesome "old fashion" hybrid...thanks for sharing yew

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    No wonder it is free flowering here, pulchellum is endemic to Northern part of Malaysia I always admire the biggest size of this blossoms unfortunately short life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    No wonder it is free flowering here, pulchellum is endemic to Northern part of Malaysia I always admire the biggest size of this blossoms unfortunately short life.
    Yes Zainal, 7 - 10 days, but more than makes up for it by being so free-flowering and floriferous. A division I gave to a friend had 11 spikes at one time .!!!

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    Hello Yew,

    This is a very old thread, but I was trying to find some info. on Den. Gatton Sunray and came across yours.
    I now have 2 plants but the one I received as a gift yesterday, has given me a question. It is a well matured plant, and in bloom right now from canes of about 3ft long, and the flowers a beautiful bright yellow.
    The plant I had from before bore orange/peach flowers.
    My question is , are there 2 colours to the Gatton Sunray? or is this just a variation in the cross?
    I will try to post a pic. later.
    Angela

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    Hello Yew,

    This is a very old thread, but I was trying to find some info. on Den. Gatton Sunray and came across yours.
    I now have 2 plants but the one I received as a gift yesterday, has given me a question. It is a well matured plant, and in bloom right now from canes of about 3ft long, and the flowers a beautiful bright yellow.
    The plant I had from before bore orange/peach flowers.
    My question is , are there 2 colours to the Gatton Sunray? or is this just a variation in the cross?
    I will try to post a pic. later.w
    Angela
    I'm sure there are many varieties of Den Gatton Sunray. The one I have is the variety ' Excelsior FCC RHS a gift from an uncle way back in the early 1960's, who in turn got it as gift from the late Eric Young.

    Den Gatton Sunray (regd in 1919) is pulchellum x Illustre and Illustre is pulchellum x chrysotoxum - so you see there is 2X pulchellum in this cross and though pulchellum is mostly yellow, I have seen some that were peach in colour. chrysotoxum is mostly yellow to orangish, with or without the maroon 'eyes' . So I'm not surprised if we have variations that run the gamut of these colour sand combination. However most Gatton Sunray's I have seen are yellow with the 2 maroon eyes. Most Gatton Sunray's are sold as FCC RHS but this is invalid without the varietal epithet. And the only valid awarded FCC clone is the var ' Execelsior' .

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    Thanks for the opinion , Yew.
    I will take a pic. Of my flowers, I do think that I might now have the "Excelsior"
    Angela

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    Default Den. Gatton Sunray

    Took me a while to get back to this, but I am glad I waited to take the photo because in the 2 days that elapsed the flowers have certainly increased in size. They are absolutely magnificent.
    I believe that this is indeed the "Excelsior". There are two spikes in bloom right now but it is quite difficult to get a shot that includes both due to the very long psubs. and the wide spread. I must add that there is another spike with buds on the way.
    Tell me what you think
    Cheers

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