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This is a discussion on Goodaleara "Tahitian Dancer" within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Just in bloom. I loved this finest violet orchid....
Just in bloom.
I loved this finest violet orchid.
How pretty! I think I see some Miltonia and Oncid. in there - what else goes into a Goodaleara? Are they uncommon?
Such a bold color in this orchid bloom.
I had to look up Goodaleara - so obviously named for Goodale Moire who was a fantastic orchid breeder out in Hawaii or somewhere near that, very many years ago - he wrote a book about what were then called the variegata oncidiums - which are now known as Tolumnias, and bred very many crosses in that group alone, turning them from tiny flowered rather difficult and weedy orchids into the Tolumnias we grow nowadays. ( I corresponded with him when I was a brash young grower - and he was kind enought to acknowledge some of my ideas in that book ) .
However, according to Orchidwiz, the term (Goodaleara) is synonymous with Aliceara - which is a combination of Oncidium, Miltonia, and Brassia - so well spotted Maura !
Goodaleara used to be (Brassia x Miltonia x Cochlioda x Odontoglossum x Oncidium), but Cochlioda and Odontoglossum used in this are now Oncidiums (both genera have disappeared for the time being, at least), so this is now Aliceara Tahitian Dancer. Aliceara = (Brassia x Miltonia x Oncidium)
To further confuse things, the parents of this plant that were (Beallara Vashon x Oncidium ornithorhynchum) are now (Aliceara Vashon x Oncidium sotoanum).
I love it.