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Laelia VERY Special

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    Default Laelia VERY Special

    A friend visited over the weekend and gave me a spike of 3 flowers ( no pollen ) of the Laelia he has bred. The majority parentage is L. anceps with one or 2 others. This flower is around the same size as a normal L. anceps ... but the color !!!!!!!! WOW.
    Pic color is extremely close to flower color. It is old and faded also.


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    Very nice... what is the name of this hybrid?

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    Oh gosh...what a keeper! I love it!

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    Really a keeper ! I am assuming your friend wants to keep the identity a secret until it is registered and also doesn't want it to be used fro hybridization (the pollen less flowers)? If I was guessing I would think Laelia albida, (Laelia aurea may be) and some Laelia flava or briegeri cross at some distance probably as grand parents.

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    Lovely color! Does it have the ridiculously long spike typical of anceps?

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    #1. I know the basic parentage plants, apart from L.anceps I'm not at liberty to disclose the other ( not mentioned above either ) & the one thing I don't know is the exact quantities. Its possible that some of the combinations of the parents may be registered but I can't check, nor do I know how many crossing it took to get this.
    #2. The spike I have in front of me is approx' 15 inches from base to top flower. I'm told this is about standard length.
    #3. I'm definitely going to keep a permanent request in for some pollen.

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    I am just guessing, when you are in the position to tell us let me know how my guesses were Another line of thought is that it has some Laelia harpophylla, the primary hybrid between Laelia anceps and Laelia harpophylla called Laelia Canariensis could be somewhere in the pedigree I think.
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    #1. I know the basic parentage plants, apart from L.anceps I'm not at liberty to disclose the other ( not mentioned above either ) & the one thing I don't know is the exact quantities. Its possible that some of the combinations of the parents may be registered but I can't check, nor do I know how many crossing it took to get this.
    #2. The spike I have in front of me is approx' 15 inches from base to top flower. I'm told this is about standard length.
    #3. I'm definitely going to keep a permanent request in for some pollen.

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    It's late, but let me add my speculation. The anceps is likely one of the white (not alba) forms.
    I would love to believe this is all Laelia (traditional, not post realignment) but given the width of the petals, I would not be surprised to find some Cattleya in the recent background. My skeptical two cents.

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    Amey, you picked it. Lc. Canariensis is in the parentage. I only know that name because I did some research on the parents ie, anceps x harpophylla. I didn't know other than this. I really don't know how many further matings with anceps there is from there. Any Aussies in the forum, if you have a spare bit of Lc. Canariensis 'Golden Glow' they can spare ..... please pm me !!!
    L or Lc Canariensis has only been registered as a parent 3 or 4 times so I would think its not a reliable breeder.

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    It is a beautiful laelia and its mysterious parentage adds to its intrigue.

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