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Interesting Cattleya Orchid

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    I'm posting this for conversation only. What "you" can see in the flower & what you would do with it...
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    does that qualify as being peloric?
    It certainly is a little strange looking in my eye.

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    I am not a fan of peloric flowers. Personally, I'd get rid of it.

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    If its fragrant I'd keep it otherwise I'm with Ray.

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    Even if fragrant, I'd toss it. There's nothing there that pleases me.

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    Neat colors but I’m with Ray. Peloria isn’t for me in most cases. Some I like but mostly the overall effect on the flowers is too “busy” for me.
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    It looks like it has exceptionally heavy texture. Is that correct? Is this a first bloom? As it is the flower isn't pleasing because it is cramped and busy, but the color is excellent.

    I tend to give more weight to characteristics of the plant than most do. If it grows well and blooms easily, with a tidy and compact plant form, I'd probably be interested in seeing it flower again unless I had other better seedlings of the cross.

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    Yes, 1st flowering. Had another plant, same cross like this but totally deformed. It disappeared. This has the substance of a brick. It could be a genetic mutation, eg, 2N but this is a 6N or something like that. All other plants of the cross have been good, nothing like these 2. 2 of what I've flowered are very much awardable, haven't put the up as yet. I'm going to flower this again to see what happens, small plant & not taking up much room.

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    I was thinking it probably had higher ploidy, at least 4N. 6N would make for some interesting breeding experiments, which might just be spectacular but more likely a lot of effort for a disappointing result.

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    I agree Kirk, whether it will breed or not is another thing. Disappointing results yes, but name me a cross that has more than a handful of acceptable results. Any cross will produce a handful or less of awardable flowers, 2 or 3 handfuls of very good flowers & the rest in pot plant or trash bin quality.
    Some crosses I've seen flowered & posted in forums or the multitude of FB sites make me question why the hell anyone would make the cross in the first place. No benefit to either parent. The difference between American & Australian Judging is rather big & not for discussion here but some awards seen in various areas gain the comment "HOW". The plant awarded would most likely be put on the famous sales site rapidly. There has to be some science to the cross, whether it works or not is in the lap of the Gods. This Catt, even with its flaws could be a top parent as it does have some qualities, whether you like it or not. It does cost bit not using it may be a huge mistake just to get a flask or 2.

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