Hybrid seedling plant in a 50mm tube.
Look here all of you bifoliate cattleya fanatics! Can you pull up an image in your mind’s eye of this? Mrs. Mahler (C. bicolor x C. leopoldii) and Chocolate Drop (C. leopoldii x C. aurantiaca) which theoretically makes this 50% leopoldii and 25% each bicolor and aurantiaca. Here is my vision: Vertical plants, blooming with sturdy upright inflorescences carrying 20 large waxy deep red flowers with bright red spade shape lips…how’d I do?
Imported Seedling from Sunset Valley Orchids, USA. Picture shows the parent of this cross. The above description details the expectation of this hybrid.
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