it is very nice Connie!
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This is a discussion on Epicattleya Middleburg 'MAJ' within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is one amazing cross. I had one when I lived in the old house ...
This is one amazing cross. I had one when I lived in the old house and somewhere along the line it disappered. When I found one last year at the local nursery I replaced the missing one. This is the second blooming for this plant and i'm happy to see the flowers are getting larger. In a couple years this plant will be the same size as the one that went missing. I put it next to my Enc. alata to contrast the size of the flowers and plants.
it is very nice Connie!
that's great! i love the alata too, i just got one last night, and it came in full bloom, a little battered in the mail, not sure if the flowers will hold but at least i got to see them.... yours looks so vibrant, i hope mine comes out like that next time. is the middleburg really part epi? or part encyclia? the bulbs and leaves make me wonder. i just tried a few encyclias last year, only got one blooming size (cordigera), and it's reblooming!! and the NBS hybrid i bought is doing ok, so these really could be my new direction. i wish they bloomed more often though, but anything that smells that good and can survive outside for the winter is a real winner for me.
I think I should have put Eny. Middleburg 'MAJ', first off. The cross is Cattlianthe Bactia and Encyclia phoenicea. And according to my Orchid Wiz it is 50% Epidendrium/Encyclia (these are now considered interchangeable, although generally the Encyclia have pbulbs shaped like little onions), 25% is Cattleya guttata and 25% Cattleya bowringiana.
i love my epis for just that reason. they bloom so much i don't even count them as orchids anymore. i've always found the epi/encyclia thing confusing. and last i heard they officially still call encyclia-cattleya hybrids epicattleya??? even though they were changed to encyclia a long time ago. although i occasionally see 'catyclia' listed, i'm not sure if that is really correct or not. i really wish someone could get a nice encyclia hybrid that keeps blooming like an epi. that would be fab!
So very beautiful! That is one imprressive looking alata.
Two beauties Connie.