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This is a discussion on Floofy catts in bloom within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Gorgeous chartreuse/lime-green color cattleya alliance orchid! Difficult to grow and it likes to stay dry! ...

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    Default Rhyncholaelia (BRASSAVOLA) digbyana 'Mrs. Chase' AM/AOS

    Gorgeous chartreuse/lime-green color cattleya alliance orchid! Difficult to grow and it likes to stay dry! This clone has exceptionally intoxicating night fragrance! It is even fragrant during the day but not as intense.
    I leave the rantings to excellent comments by Greg Allikas. Enjoy!

    Brassavola digbyana
    Brassavola digbyana is the famous orchid that is the responsible party for the "B" in many Bc's and Blc.'s, that is, Brassocattleya and Brassolaeliacattleya. Properly called Rhyncholaelia digbyana, the orchid is still horticulturarly known as Brassavola digbyana because of the hundreds of hybrids that have been registered with that name. This nomenclature is likely to change in the future. The large 4-5 inch (10-12.5cm) flowers have a deeply fimbriate lip that has added the fringe to many Cattleya hybrids. The color is usually glassine green and the flowers are night fragrant indicating a moth as the pollinator. B. digbyana is found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, often in severe conditions of bright light and prolonged dryness, ocassionally growing epiphytically on cactus. In cultivation however, we can grow digbyana with our Cattleyas under intermediate temperatures and moderate to bright light. This orchid does not appreciate prolonged wetness, for that reason many orchidists choose to grow it mounted or in a basket so that the roots may dry quickly.
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    Default Cattleya skinneri var. alba 'Vera'

    You guys thought the skinneri party is over? Not quite yet! This skinneri is the true alba variety since it has no color on the lip. The other alba that I posted, some one has pointed out to me that it might be C. skinneri var. occulata!
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    spectacular digbyana! that lemon fragrance is definitely one of my top 5 favorites in the orchid world.

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    Default A NOID but Ernest Hetherington determined it is Cattleya Michael Collins

    This plant, I got it so many years ago before I knew much anything about orchids! It bloomed shortly after that and we fell in love with it. So we have been keeping it in our collection over the years. It is always so floriferous especially this year that I decided to show it off at the orchid society meeting last week. Oh boy, everyone just went head-over-heel over this one. Quite a breathtaking display of gorgeous blooms and lovely scent! But when everyone looked for the name, the tag (filled by me of course) said "NOID" and everyone was so disappointed. Ernest Hetherington (Mr. Cattleya and one of the orchid pioneers in the US) was in the audience and he was impressed as well so much that he declared "Such a beautiful catt shall not remain nameless"! Well, he spent roughly the next hour during the break and the raffle to go through the library collection of Sander's. Amazingly, he found the name for this plant, it is C. Michael Collins (C. Kittiwake x C. Enid semi alba, registered in 1969). I think he probably has seen it before so he knew exactly where to look. Besides, there are not that many semi alba catts around anyway!
    I believe this plant was bred for cut flowers, especially for Mother Day! It always blooms at this time of the year! When the picture was taken, the plant has 17 giant flowers and 2 buds!
    So enjoy!
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    Hi Jason,
    Thanks! I like it very much also!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Spectacular, spectacular!

    Michael Collins certainly knows how to put on a show!

    I hope my Iwanagara Apple Blossom blooms as nice as that... wonderful sunset tones..

    and I am hooked... skinerri and it's varieties looks to be part of my future!

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    Wonderful Iwanagaara! I've never seen one with such deep coloration before.

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    What a great Michael Collins story, Hoa!

    As you may know, C. Enid is a primary hybrid (mossiae x warscewiczii). The pedigree mix of yours is: mossiae 43.8%, warscewiczii 37.5%, dowiana 12.5%, and gaskelliana 6.3%.

    Definitely show it, if you're comfortable with the naming. It's only been awarded an HCC and that's from 1971 with two flowers. This would truly knock some socks off!

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    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the rousing cheers! Yeah, get more of the skinneri catts. While other catt species have died on me, not a single skinneri has done that to me!
    The Michael Collins is quite something. I love it too!

    Hi Diane,
    This Apple Blossom clone blooms out much nicer than I expected. Glad that you like it. I have another Apple Blossom plant, that one is more white though.

    Hi Julie,
    Thanks for the parentage/pedigree of the plant. Before posting the pictures, I checked out Ernest's name proposal for the plant, found one picture of the blooms and it looks very much like mine. I also found the parentage chart for the plant as well and exactly as you found, it has a lot of warscewiczii in it. Over the years, I always thought this plant probably had a lot of laelia genes from the look of the leaves. But now, after knowing it, it is clear that the plant looks more like warscewiczii, (the shape and size of the leaves definitely are warscewiczii!). Amazing! But warscewiczii is not easy to grow and it is not very cold tolerant. However, this plant of mine is very cold hardy! So I guess the gaskelliana blood did something good here!
    Glad that you were entertained by the story! I thought you guys would like it too! Even though the plant is so prolific, I doubt this plant could get a higher award than an HCC. The problem is the coloration of the lip. It is not as solid as many other awarded semi alba clones around. I should also note that this grex has been used for hybridization before! Maybe I should think of something?

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    I was wondering if it might qualify for a CCM...

    Julie

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