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Bllra. Patricia McCully 'Pacific Matriarch'

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    Default Bllra. Patricia McCully 'Pacific Matriarch'

    Just obtained a nice specimen of the above orchid. I'd like to know if anyone can tell me if this plant is in the Oncidium or Cymbidium alliance? I believe its listed as a cool grower and likes 65-68oF day temps. but it won't get that low except for about 6 weeks of the year here, so I'm hoping that its more tolerant to warmth than that.
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    Beallara is Oncidium Alliance. It enjoys intermediate/cool conditions here, around 18degs C to 5degs C in winter.

    I imagine it would do well in the Florida climate.

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    Yep, oncidium alliance: Beallara = Brassia, Cochlioda, Miltonia and Odontoglossum. With that background, I would expect it to like cooler conditions than some. I keep mine indoors, in the AC, as it is waaay to hot here in Texas. Good luck!

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    The deal with intergenerics is that in general the species that predominates has a great influence over culture. There are a lot of Beallaras which grow in intermediate-to-warm conditions, but I don't think this is one. The genealogoy of Patricia McCully is at least 39% Odont. crispum, a definite cool grower.

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    Thanks for the info, guys. I guess I'll enjoy it while its in bloom and then it'll be in my toasty, hot lanai, as I don't really have shade for it outside, or enough light in the house. It'll learn to be a FL orchid quick by suddenly becoming a tropical lover, or it will be one unhappy plant . I suppose its better than if it belonged to the Cymbidium alliance.
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    Michael--that is interesting. Do you happen to know if Bllra. Matthias ‘They Like Me’ is one that can take more warmth?

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    I'd be surprised if this were very temperature tolerant-one parent is a classical Odontioda (Bob Duggar). I would think Dallas summers outdoors would be tough on it.

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