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Sunset Valley Orchids Cycnoches and Catasetum Hybrids

Welcome to the new Catasetinae alliance hybrids and species list. I have been working for years to assemble the finest plants for this breeding program. The plants have been selected on strict criteria of plant vigor, flower color, shape, and bloom count. These qualities lead to AOS awards and as a result much of the breeding stock has now been awarded. This listing represents the finest hybrids in Catasetinae breeding today.

My continued efforts in developing the hybrid genus Fredclarkeara (Fdk.) is evident this season. Fdk. breeding results in flowers that are fragrant of excellent shape have amazing color and produce flowers that often last over 6 weeks! Please take extra time to review these as there are some remarkable crosses here with big potential.

This listing has several Cycnodes hybrids (Cycnoches x Mormodes). This type of breeding produces excellent results. The primary hybrids get the best qualities of both parents, the Mormodes is dominant for color and recessive for form and the Cycnoches is dominant for form and recessive for color. Cycnodes hybrids have proven to be a reliable combination giving excellent results, if you have not grown these they are well worth a try.

If you are just getting interested in the Catasetinae alliance I am sure you will be surprised on how spectacular the flowers are and how easy they are to grow.

If you have been growing Catasetinae you already understand…..

Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

Summer 2010 Catasetinae Listing

SVO 1 mc

Fdk. After Dark ‘SVO Black Pearl’ FCC/AOS (Mo. Painted Desert ‘SVO’ HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Donna Wise ‘Kathleen’ AM/AOS)

'SVO Black Pearl' is the best of the 'black flowered' types, when mature it produces 2-4 pendant inflorescences per bulb, carrying 15-22 flowers each. It is one of the best growers and bloomers of the grex, flowers last 6-7 weeks. These are clones and are blooming size.

SVO 2 mc

Fdk. After Dark ‘Sunset Valley Orchids’ FCC/AOS (Mo. Painted Desert ‘SVO’ HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Donna Wise ‘Kathleen’ AM/AOS)

'Sunset Valley Orchids' FCC/AOS is the best of the 'spotted flowered' types, it produces 2-3 pendant inflorescences per bulb, carrying 13-20 flowers that last 6 or more weeks. It is an excellent grower and the spotted flowers are amazingly beautiful. These are clones and blooming size.

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Ctsm. Ten Dragons (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed #3' x Ctsm. Dragon Teeth 'SVO' AM/AOS)

A great combination, the dark color of tenebrosum and the high flower count of the Dragons Teeth have produced dark burgundy blooms carried 15-25 per stem. These have excellent vigor and mature plants will flower in the spring and late summer. Two customers have already received AM's! Blooming size.

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Ctsm. Ten Dragons (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed #3' x Ctsm. Dragon Teeth 'SVO' AM/AOS)

A great combination, the dark color of tenebrosum and the high flower count of the Dragons Teeth have produced dark burgundy blooms carried 15-25 per stem. These have excellent vigor and mature plants will flower in the spring and late summer. Two customers have already received AM's! Blooming size.

SVO 1779

Ctsm. Louise Clarke (Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Lee' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS)

This is the best of 'type' breeding in the pileatum/expansum group. Ctsm. Donna Wise is (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. tenebrosum) and Ctsm. Susan Fuchs is (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. expansum) that makes for 50% expansum and 25% each pileatum and tenebrosum. These will be large deep red and spotted flowers carried 13-15 or more per stem. A very choice hybrid that is producing spectacular flowers. Nice robust plants to bloom this year.

SVO 1784

(Cyc. William Clarke x Cyc. warscewiczii )

The next generation of advanced Cycnoches breeding, Cyc. William Clarke is (Cyc. cooperi x Cyc. herrenhusanum). Here we are looking for improvements in shape, size, color and flower count. These will produce 10-15 green to bronze-green flowers per stem. Picture of first bloom Blooming size.

SVO 1812

(Cyc. haagii 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Morm. elegans v. alba 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Here we have combined the green flowers and red spots of Cyc. haagii with the dark green stripes and lime green flowers of Morm. elegans. How about, green flowers with green stripes and a few red spots! A very unique color combination. These are blooming size plants.

SVO 1819

(Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Morm. Exotic Treat 'SVO II')

A new Cycnodes cross, the Morm. Exotic Treat (Morm. sinuata x Morm. tuxtlensis) is a deep yellow flower with dark burgundy spots, fantastic color and produces 3-4 inflorescences of 15 flowers over the season. As with other Cycnodes hybrids the warscewiczii will impart its fine form and allow the Mormodes color to come through. These are vigorous, strong growing plants. Expect bright yellow flowers with burgundy spots with excellent flower shape. These have been spectacular. Blooming size.

SVO 1828

(Morm. sinuata 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Morm. hookeri 'Black Fuzz')

These will be easier to grow than straight Mormodes species as they have good hybrid vigor. Morm. sinuata is a deep red flower with darker red stripes. Morm. hookeri is a deep burgundy flower with a black fuzzy lip, very cool! The expectation is for 10-15, dark red-burgundy flowers on good stem. Some will have the fuzzy lips…. These have been excellent.

SVO 1830

Cycd. Opalina (Morm. horichii 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)

Cycnodes hybrids have a high average of quality, this one is no exception. These plants will produce strong stems carrying 13-17 large rose-purple flowers with contrasting lips. Expect excellent shape and hybrid vigor from this breeding line. This is a very impressive hybrid. Blooming size.

SVO 1834

Cycd. Bob Lewis (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Morm. igneum 'Red' )

A new Cycnodes hybrid named after Bob Lewis. He received the first award, an AM/AOS on a first bloom plant. The iridescent red color from the igneum will influence the flower color and the fine shape of the warscewiczii will lend its good form. The breeding of Cycnoches with Mormodes is a proven combination giving excellent results. I am expecting 7-11 flowers with excellent form and color. Blooming size.

SVO 1835

Cycd. Chiriqui (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Morm. hookeri 'Black Fuzz')

Cycnodes hybrids have a high average of quality where the Mormodes dominates for color and the Cycnoches for form. The hookeri has unusual fuzzy black lips with dark burgundy petals and sepals. This grex has all the potential to produce exceptional shaped progeny with bronze colored flowers and deep red lips, some could possibly have dark fuzzy lips…. now that would be really cool! Blooming size.

SVO 1994

(Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Clo. Jumbo Lace (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Ctsm. fimbriatum) is an attractive yellow flower with fine burgundy spotting and a fimbriatum lip; it also has good lasting qualities due to the influence of the Clowesia. Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris's Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) is made up of pileatum, fimbriatum, and cristatum producing flowers with heavily frilled lips, excellent shape and arrangement. This grex is one of the first advanced hybrids where a Clowesetum (Clo.) is crossed back to a Catasetum. It is a given the lips will be frilly; flowers will be cream to yellow and carried 15 or more per inflorescence. These advanced Clowesetum crosses are raising the bar in flower quality. Blooming size.

SVO 1995

(Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Similar to SVO1994, just a different Frilly Doris. Blooming size.

SVO 2000

(Cyc. cooperi 'Mem. Pat Worthington' AM/AOS x Cyc. cooperi 'SVO Dark Chocolate')

Cyc. cooperi is the most spectacular of the newly introduced species. We have crossed the best of the dark chocolate colored cooperi 'Mem. Pat Worthington' AM/AOS with the darkest chocolate colored cooperi in my collection. These will be dark chocolate flowers of improved shape, size and ease of growth. These are blooming size.

SVO 2000

(Cyc. cooperi 'Mem. Pat Worthington' AM/AOS x Cyc. cooperi 'SVO Dark Chocolate')

Cyc. cooperi is the most spectacular of the newly introduced species. We have crossed the best of the dark chocolate colored cooperi 'Mem. Pat Worthington' AM/AOS with the darkest chocolate colored cooperi in my collection. These will be dark chocolate flowers of improved shape, size and ease of growth. These are blooming size.

SVO 2005

(Cyc. cooperi 'SVO III' FCC/AOS x Cyc. cooperi 'Emerald Green' HCC/AOS)

Here we have crossed the best 'SVO III' with green and bronze flowers of remarkable size and form on to the 'Emerald Green' form of cooperi. I expect the majority to flower in the green color range. The green coloration in Cyc. cooperi is quite rare as most have flowers that are bronze or chocolate; also expect improved shape and ease of growth. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a special Cycnoches species. These are blooming size.

SVO 2006

(Clo. Aleana Lawson 'Lanie's Warm Fuzzie' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Bound for Glory 'Jumbo')

Clo. Aleana Lawson (Ctsm. cristatum x Cl. Rebecca Northen) is a darling flower with a frilly lip; it produces 2-3 inflorescences per bulb caring 15-19 flowers each. The Ctsm. Bound for Glory (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. pileatum) has a rich red flower color and a natural spread of 4". This is an advanced Clowesetum (Clo.) hybrid. Here we are expecting improved flower size, red to yellow blooms, and maintaining the frilly lip and flower longevity. These advanced Clowesetum crosses are raising the bar in flower quality. Blooming size.

SVO 2007

(Clo. Aleana Lawson 'Lanie's Warm Fuzzie' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Clo. Aleana Lawson (Ctsm. cristatum x Cl. Rebecca Northen) is a darling flower with a frilly lip; it produces 2-3 inflorescences per bulb caring 15-19 flowers each. Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris's Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) is made up of pileatum, fimbriatum, and cristatum producing flowers with heavily frilled lips, excellent shape and arrangement. This grex is an advanced Clowesetum (Clo.) hybrid. The flower color will range from cream to yellow with bold spots and the lips will be heavily frilled. Expect 2-3 spikes per bulb caring 15 or more flowers per inflorescence. These advanced Clowesetum crosses are raising the bar in flower quality and are the new wave of improved breeding. Blooming size.

SVO 2008

Cyc. Jean E. Monnier (Cyc. cooperi 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Cyc. barthiorum 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This grex of Cyc. Jean E. Monnier is an exact remake of the original cross that has earned an impressive 14 AOS awards with 8 AM/AOS and 6 HCC/AOS. Not much more needs to be said. Blooming size.

SVO 2008

Cyc. Jean E. Monnier (Cyc. cooperi 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Cyc. barthiorum 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This grex of Cyc. Jean E. Monnier is an exact remake of the original cross that has earned an impressive 14 AOS awards with 8 AM/AOS and 6 HCC/AOS. Not much more needs to be said. Blooming size.

SVO 2009

(Cyc. cooperi 'SVO III' FCC/AOS x Cyc. Jean E. Monnier 'SVO II' HCC/AOS )

This next generation hybrid combines the superior, green-bronze form of Cyc. cooperi with one of the darkest Cyc. Jean E. Monnier (Cyc. cooperi x Cyc. barthiorum) that blooms with 35 flowers. This type of breeding is to reinforce the Cyc. cooperi traits of large flower size, good color and high flower count. Expect 30-35, 4" flowers in colors ranging from light bronze with dark spotting to dark chocolate. This is a "must have" hybrid. Blooming size.

SVO 2032

(Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

This yet un-named hybrid will become the next generation of Fredclarkearas (Fdk.). As with other Fdk. hybrids flower longevity will be greatly improved over the Catasetum parent, expect blooms to last 5-7 weeks. The Mo. Painted Desert will impart its rich red color and multiple spiking habit. The highly awarded Ctsm. John C. Burchett (Ctsm. Joao Stivalli x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs) with its huge flat lip and rich dark burgundy color is truly outstanding. This is a very promising hybrid where the progeny will rival the Fdk. After Dark grex with dark, long lasting flowers. This has tremendous award potential. Limited availability, blooming size.

SVO 2033

Fdk. After Dark (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' x Ctsm. Donna Wise 'Susan' AM/AOS)

This is a remake of the world famous Fdk. After Dark. The flower quality of this remake has been exceptionally high with every plant blooming out nicely. Orchid breeding history was made with this cross, now is your chance to get your own individual plant. What else needs to be said? These are blooming size.

SVO 2056

(Morm. Exotic Treat 'SVO #2'x Morm. rolfeana 'Natural World' AM/AOS)

A new advanced breeding in Mormodes, these are much easier to grow than the species and reward you with spectacular flowers. Here we have crossed the very showy Exotic Treat with an equally showy rolfeana. The flowers will be surprisingly large and colorful. A very nice new breeding line.

SVO 2063

(Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Morm. Jumbo Poseidon 'Purple & Gold')

A new Cycnodes cross, the Morm. Jumbo Poseidon (Morm. revoluta x Morm. maculata) has gold colored petals and sepals with a light purple lip with all segments covered with burgundy spots. The Cyc. warscewiczii will impart its fine form and allow for the Mormodes color to come through. These are vigorous, strong growing plants. Expect an amazing variety of flower color to emerge from the grex all with excellent flower shape. The best of these will be spectacular. Blooming size 4" pots $22

SVO 2074

Cycd. Chiriqui (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan'x Morm. hookeri 'Black Fuzz')

Cycnodes hybrids have a high average of quality where the Mormodes dominates for color and the Cycnoches for form. The hookeri has unusual fuzzy black lips with dark burgundy petals and sepals. This grex has all the potential to produce exceptional shaped progeny with bronze colored flowers and deep red lips, some could possibly have dark fuzzy lips…. now that would be really cool! Blooming size.

SVO 2197

Ctsm. tenebrosum (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed #3' x Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Jim' AM/AOS)

These are two of the best tenebrosums. 'Ed #3' has perfect form and is the grand parent of Ctsm. Donna Wise & Fdk. After Dark. 'Jim' carries up to 26 flowers per inflorescence, the highest flower count of the awarded cultivars. These will be excellent, limited….

SVO 2200

(Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Clo. Jumbo Lace (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Ctsm. fimbriatum) is an attractive yellow flower with fine burgundy spotting and a fimbriatum lip; it also has good lasting qualities due to the influence of the Clowesia. Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris's Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) produces flowers with heavily frilled lips, excellent shape and arrangement. This grex is one of the first advanced hybrids where a Clowesetum is back crossed to a Catasetum. It is a given the lips will be frilly; flowers will be cream to yellow and carried 15 or more per inflorescence. These advanced Clowesetum crosses are raising the bar in flower longevity and quality.

SVO 2206

(Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Ctsm. Susan Fuchs is (Ctsm. Orchidglade x Ctsm. expansum) the 'Burgundy Chips' has large flowers, great color and 15 plus flowers per stem. The denticulatum has a nice yellow lip, 25 flowers and is a small growing plant. Here we are breeding in a new direction for reduced plant size while keeping the good flower color and high flower count. Picture of first bloom | 2

SVO 2207

Ctsm. denticulatum (Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

These are quite rare in cultivation and only discovered about 15 years ago. 'SVO' has a red lip and 'SVO II' has a yellow lip both carry 20-30 flowers with excellent color, form, and arrangement. These are small growers with mature plants standing 4-5" tall. They also flower in the spring and again in the fall. These are very nice and a very limited supply.

SVO 2210

(Fdk. After Dark 'Amazing' x Ctsm. Kidney Beans 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Fdk. After Dark 'SVO Amazing' (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise) is the most fertile of the Fdk. After Darks, it is always holding pods so it has never been shown; its flowers are every bit as good as the awarded FCC's. The flowers are heavily blotched dark burgundy, have superb shape, excellent presentation and size. Kidney Beans (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. Orchidglade) is a large, full shaped, kidney bean colored flower with a makeup of 63% expansum and 37% pileatum. This cross was made to enlarge the lip of Fdk. After Dark. Flower color will vary from spotted to solid deep red, possibly a few will be black…. These will have 4-6 week flower longevity, as well. Very nice.

SVO 2211

(Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Portagee Star (Ctsm. expansum x Ctsm. Black Knight) interestingly this grex has the 3 same parental species as the famous Ctsm. Donna Wise, pileatum, expansum, and tenebrosum. 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' carries up to 15 flowers in shades of yellow and burgundy, very attractive. The denticulatum has a nice yellow lip, 25 flowers and is a small growing plant. Here we are breeding in a new direction for reduced plant size while keeping good flower color and high flower count.

SVO 2212

(Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This is like SVO 2211, however the denticulatum has a red lip. Here we are breeding for reduced plant size while keeping good flower color and high flower count.

SVO 2213

(Morm. andicola 'Priscilla' AM/AOS x Morm. rolfeana 'Natural World' AM/AOS)

Mormodes species are challenging to grow well. However the primary hybrids (crosses between species) are much easier to grow and have fantastic flower colors. 'Priscilla' has deeply spotted burgundy flowers with an intense dark purple spotted lip, strong up right stems carry 13 -15 flowers each. The rolfeana it is the best I have seen, with surprisingly large flowers, rich burgundy color and darker burgundy spotting, just amazing. Jeff Parker of Exotic Orchid Farm is to be congratulated on the award. This cross has all the potential to be the finest Mormodes cross I have made.

SVO 2214

(Fdk. After Dark 'Amazing' x Ctsm. Breckinridge Onyx 'Janet' HCC/AOS)

Fdk. After Dark 'SVO Amazing' (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Donna Wise) is the most fertile of the Fdk. After Darks, its flowers are every bit as good as the awarded FCC's. The flowers are heavily blotched dark burgundy, have superb shape, excellent presentation and size. Breckinridge Onyx (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. Bravo) flowers with 15 or more solid oxblood red blooms and has 75% expansum in its breeding. I expect the large flat lip of Breckinridge Onyx will improve the lip size of the After Dark. I believe many flowers will be exceptionally dark red to black. They will also last 4-6 weeks. Very limited…

SVO 2218

(Morm. andicola 'Priscilla' AM/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' )

Hybrids between Mormodes and Cycnoches have a high average of quality and this one is no exception. 'Priscilla' has deeply spotted burgundy flowers with an intense dark purple spotted lip, strong up right stems carry 13 -15 flowers each. The 'Giant Swan' is a huge green flower with white lip. In this type of breeding the Cycnoches will impart its fine form and allow intense color of the Mormodes to come through. These are vigorous, strong growing plants. Expect dark burgundy flowers with dark purple lips of excellent flower shape. These will be spectacular.

SVO 2223

(Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Brent's Blackhawk 'Select')

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the key parent in the world famous grex Fdk. After Dark. Here is crossed to Brent's Blackhawk (Ctsm. Donna Wise x Ctsm. tenebrosum). This is very similar to Fdk After Dark but the extra dose of tenebrosum will give additional color. I expect these to have very dark petals and sepals and lighter colored lips. Flower longevity will be 5-8 weeks. Very limited.

SVO 2227

(Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. fimbriatum var. morrenianum 'SVO')

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the key parent in the world famous grex Fdk. After Dark. Here we have crossed it to fimbriatum var. morrenianum, the ox blood red color form. These have been flowering in the darkest burgundy imaginable with frilly lips, very cool. Flower longevity is also 6-8 weeks, a very nice cross. Picture of first to bloom

SVO 2228

(Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Morm. elegans var. alba 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

This type of breeding between Mormodes and Cycnoches produce a high average of quality flowers. The Mormodes elegans var alba has a light lime-green base color with darker green stripes on all segments. The 'Giant Swan' is a huge green flower with white lip. In this type of breeding the Cycnoches will impart its fine form and allow intense color of the Mormodes to come through. These are vigorous, strong growing plants. Expect light green flowers with darker green stripes! These will be spectacular.

SVO 2229

Cycd. Bob Lewis (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Morm. ignea 'Hawaiian Orchid Source' AM/AOS)

Here we have remade Bob Lewis with a far superior Mormodes parent. The Mormodes ignea has orange-red flowers with heavy blood red spotting. This particular ignea flower has remarkably flat flower form, the flattest I have seen in a Mormodes. The 'Giant Swan' is a huge green flower with white lip. In this type of breeding the Cycnoches will impart its fine form and allow intense color of the Mormodes to come through. These are vigorous, strong growing plants. Expect orange to red flowers with heavy darker spotting. These will be spectacular.

Bob Lewis bloomed the first plant of the original cross and got the first award and AM/AOS. I remade the cross you see above SVO2229, Bob Lewis got a couple plants this summer and has bloomed the first one again!  He received an AM/AOS on it at the Orchid Quest Show in Madison, WI.        Way to go Bob!  

SVO 2395

(Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVOII' AM/AOS x Ctsm. pileatum 'Big Boy')

Ctsm. Frilly Doris (Ctsm. Doris's Choice x Ctsm. Donna Marie) is a hybrid of pileatum, fimbriatum, and cristatum producing heavily spotted flowers with frilly lips of excellent shape and arrangement. Pileatum will increase the lip size as well as overall flower size. These have excellent vigor and great potential for surprisingly large flowers with big frilly lips. A nice cross produced from from my friend Jamie Lawson of Florida.

** Some pictures are representative of the cross and not actual parents.

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