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Sunset Valley Orchids 2017 Catasetinae Plant Offering

For 2017, I am pleased to share the most comprehensive selection of Catasetinae hybrids and species ever offered.  Through the ongoing process of collecting, selecting, and developing our parental lines, the quality of the breeding stock is now without compare.  These new hybrids will set the standard for flower quality, plant vigor, and your enjoyment.

This year's main focus has been on Fredclarkeara breeding.  This wonderful hybrid genus produces fantastic results, with beautiful color, superior shape, high flower count, perfectly arranged blooms, and highly fragrant long-lasting flowers.  Quality in this genus is just amazing!  To date, Fredclarkeara cultivars have received 18 FCC/AOS awards from the American Orchid Society!  Remarkable statistics aside, these really are great plants: robust growers, reliable bloomers, and long-lived flowers.  This is the year to acquire the best Fredclarkeara genetics ever offered; don't miss out!

Over the last few years we have been working on the development of advanced breeding lines for Cycnoches.  I just love the elegant swan-shaped blooms; they truly are the most breathtaking flowers in the genus.  We have been selecting Cycnoches for our breeding program using several criteria: plant vigor, flower quality, flower color, and resistance to back bulb die-off.  Our Cycnoches species and hybrids have been through this selection process for two to three generations, and the resulting improvements in flower quality and ease of culture are evident.
By popular demand, we have produced a few more standard-sized Catasetum crosses.  The large flowers are really amazing!  These new crosses have superior genetics and are producing some really superb flowers.

We also are continuing the successful “mini-Catasetum” and “mini-Clowesetum” crosses, including the introduction of several very promising new ones.  This is a new plant form that has gained considerable attention from collectors.  Besides being compact growers, these plants consistently flower 2-4 times a year! 

In this list you also will see advanced hybrids using Mormodes.  We have been working with these for a number of years, developing new colors and improving plant vigor.  Mormodes are some of my favorite late-blooming Catasetinae.  They have fantastic, twisted flowers that are really different, with bizarre bold colors and spicy fragrances that signal the end of the Catasetinae blooming season.

I've also received many requests for Catasetinae species.  When breeding species, it's important to use the best possible parental stock to accentuate good qualities, especially plant vigor.  This list reflects the “best of type” in the species offered.  There are some fantastic things here, so please take your time in making decisions - or just get them all.

The new Catasetinae list will be released in two parts, this being the first.  The second will follow in approximately 5-6 weeks.
Good growing,
Fred Clarke

SVO 6173
Fdk. L'Amour de vie de Sue (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS  x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Simply Fantastic')

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the parent of the world-famous Fdk. After Dark.  The influence of Mormodia (Mo.) is well known: it adds flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke is named for my mother and is a spectacular hybrid.  The cultivar 'Simply Fantastic' flowers 3-4 times a year and has superb flower quality, high flower count and huge, hard flat lips.  The Ctsm. Louise Clarke adds additional doses of pileatum and expansum, which will provide improved flower size and lip width.  What about color?  I believe that the deep red from Mo. Painted Desert combined with the dark brown of Ctsm. Louise Clarke will lead to red blooms with darker spots, but this cross has the potential to produce black-colored flowers.  All will have excellent form, arrangement and flower count.    Similar to SVO 6481.  Picture of first to bloom. Pic
3” pots $20

SVO 6175      
Ctsm. Fong Cing (Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Jack of Diamonds' AM/AOS x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

This Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has dark red flowers and an exceptionally large lip.  The José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long inflorescence carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips.  This grex was very successful when made with the heavily spotted Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS, and many plants flowered with strong stems of heavy blooms, deeply spotted with burgundy.  Here are some pictures from that first group.  Pic 1 , 2 .  This remake using 'Jack of Diamonds' is designed to reinforce the dark burgundy flower.  I am expecting most to be surprisingly large, dark burgundy flowers on strong stems.  These will be fantastic!
3” pots $18

SVO 6469      
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Chuck Taylor 'Wow' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

Chuck Taylor (Portagee Star x denticulatum) is a very nice mini-Catasetum.  The cultivar 'Wow' has dark burgundy petals and sepals, and a contrasting yellow lip - just beautiful!  Ctsm. denticulatum is a small-growing species with excellent breeding qualities.  Here, Chuck Taylor is backcrossed to its denticulatum parent, assuring a mini-Castasetum plant stature and lots of spotted flowers in a range of colors. Plants will flower 2-3 times a year.
3” pots $18

SVO 6480      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)

At SVO we are all about developing flowers with new looks and colors.  With this cross, the dark red flowers with very dark burgundy spots of Fdk. After Midnight'SVO' are paired with the huge lip and colorful spotted flower of Ctsm. Orchidglade.  Past experience has taught us this type of hybrid makes for improved flower form while allowing for new color combinations.  The flower color of the progeny will range from red and densely spotted to light yellow with bold red spots, and a few will be the darkest burgundy.  There is lots of potential to get unique flowers from this cross.
3” pots $20

SVO 6481      
Fdk. L'Amour de vie de Sue (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Very Dark')

Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is the parent of the world-famous Fdk. After Dark.  The influence of Mormodia (Mo.) is well known: it adds flower color, multiple pendulous inflorescences and flower longevity to its offspring.  Ctsm. Louise Clarke is named for my mother and is a spectacular hybrid.  The cultivar 'Very Dark' blooms 3-4 times a year and produces flowers with very large, flat lips in very dark colors.  The Ctsm. Louise Clarke adds additional doses of pileatum and expansum, which will provide improved flower size and lip width.  What about color?  I believe that the deep red from Mo. Painted Desert combined with the dark brown of Ctsm. Louise Clarke will lead to red blooms with darker spots, but this cross has the potential to produce black-colored flowers.  All will have excellent form, arrangement and flower count.  Similar to SVO 6173.
3” pots $20

SVO 6483      
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. JEM'S Dragon Tears 'SVO' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS

Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia) have excellent flower longevity with blooms often lasting more than 4 weeks!  JEM's Dragon Tears (Cl. warczewitzii x Ctsm. cirrhaeoides) is a small plant, standing about 6” tall at maturity.  A prolific bloomer, each pendulous inflorescence carries up to 35 flowers.  Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has large yellow flowers with red spots and a huge lip.  This is a good cross, made to deliver high-quality progeny, with high flower count, reduced plant size and great flower longevity.  Flowers will show a range of colors, mostly yellows with bold burgundy spotting.
3” pots $18

SVO 6486      
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Pierre Couret 'Flamingo Spots' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)

One of the great things about Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia) is the 4-5 week flower longevity in this hybrid genus.  The long-lived, light pink flowers with dark pink spotting of the Pierre Couret (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Ctsm. pileatum v. imperiale) are really attractive. Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has yellow flowers with red spots and a huge lip.  This hybrid will deliver a significantly improvement in flower size, great color and many flowers per inflorescence.  Flowers will range across pink shades, with darker red-pink spotting.  This advanced Clowesetum cross will raise the bar for flower quality and produce long-lived blooms lasting 4-5 weeks.
3” pots $18

SVO 6487
Fdk. New Hybrid  (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davies Ranches' AM/AOS)

With this cross we are taking the nearly perfect darkest burgundy flowers of Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' and pairing them with the huge lip and colorful spotted flower of Ctsm. Orchidglade.  Our experience has taught us that this type of hybrid makes for improved flower form.  The flower color of the progeny will range from solid deep burgundy to densely spotted burgundy, and a few might even be light yellow with bold red spots.  There is lots of potential to get unique and beautiful flowers from this cross.
3” pots $20

SVO 6488
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Desert Tenor 'SVO Burgundy Beauty' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM')

Desert Tenor (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. tenebrosum) has almost perfect flower shape with very rounded segments, lots of flowers, and a rich reddish color, covered with dark spots. The flower of Orchidglade 'JTM' (pileatum x expansum) is an amazing very dark burgundy, with a huge lip in the same color. 'JTM' is short for 'Jamie's Tortured Midnight.'  All of the benefits of this breeding will be evident in the progeny: excellent shape, flower color, high flower count and bloom longevity.
3” pots $20

SVO 6491      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Karen Armstrong 'SVO')

This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding!  Because of the Karen Armstrong influence, these plants will stay under 8” tall, making this a mini-Fredclarkeara!!!  Can you tell how excited I am??  We know that Painted Desert is influential in breeding, producing excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures at only 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the mini-Catasetum Karen Armstrong (Susan Fuchs x denticulatum), with its bright yellow flowers covered in coalescing burgundy spots.  The combination will make this grex a real star!  Flower colors will range from deep red to spotted red/burgundy, and we expect excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I am very anxious to see these bloom!
3” pots $18

SVO 6492      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS  x Ctsm. Alexa 'Good One')

Here is another mini-Fredclarkeara!  Theinfluence of Painted Desert (Cl. Rebecca Northen x Morm. sinuata) is well-documented; this important parent transmits excellent form, color and flower longevity to its progeny.  The mini-Catasetum Alexa (Bela Vista's Sangria x denticulatum) 'Good One' is the largest, fullest and darkest I have seen from the cross; it really is a standout!  These flowers will range in colors from the darkest burgundy to deep red.  They also will have a high flower count, excellent form and be well arranged.  Mature plants will be 6-8” tall and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I can hardly wait!
3”pots $18

SVO 6523      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Midnight Sky 'Dark Perfection' x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

Midnight Sky (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt) has beautiful, waxy, dark, dark, dark burgundy/black flowers with broad lips.  It has not been exhibited but appears in every regard to be FCC quality.  John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is the pinnacle of pileatum-based Catasetum breeding today.  Its dark burgundy flowers have fantastic size, color and shape.  I am expecting very dark flowers, some nearly black.  These will have excellent flower count, form, arrangement, size, fragrance and longevity.
3”pots $20

SVO 6542
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) gives predictable results in its progeny by imparting good flower form, a fimbriate lip, and well arranged flowers.  It is also a vigorous grower, blooming 3-4 times a season.  José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips - really an outstanding plant.  This cross is all about color and frilly lips!  We will see 15-20 large, dark burgundy, spotted flowers on strong sturdy stems from this cross.  The lips will be a very dark color and have fimbriate edges.  These are larger growing plants that will really impress!
3” pots $18

SVO 6718      
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. No Doubt 'Summer Wine' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)

At SVO we are all about developing flowers with new looks and colors, and there was no doubt about how good No Doubt (Mo. Painted Desert x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs) was going to be.  The flowers are rose-pink with a yellow lip, all covered in fine red spotting.  Take a look at the picture.  Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) has large yellow flowers with red spots and a huge lip.  As a bonus, it is also a prolific bloomer, producing flowers 3-4 times a season.  With this cross, there will be new flower colors for a Fdk. hybrid.  We are expecting colors from rose to yellow with red spotting, and the lips will be broad and flattened.  These will also have large, long-lived flowers with great form and excellent arrangement.
3” pots $20

SVO  6720     
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS)

I've been breeding for Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  The Anne-Kathrin Berger (pentadactylon x herrenhusanum) has this color combination as well as great flower form, high flower count and ease of plant growth.  This warscewiczii has great flower quality and is a reliable, vigorous plant that has been an important part of my breeding program. The hope is for a percentage of yellow flowers with fine red spots.  Flower shape will be excellent, and the pendent inflorescences will have 13-15 well-arranged flowers.  I am very optimistic about the results here.
3” pots $18

SVO  6728
Fdk. New Hybrid (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Fox Tail')

This is a new direction in Fredclarkeara breeding!  The influence of Melana Davison will assure that plants stay under 8” tall, which makes this a mini-Fredclarkeara!!!  We know about the influence of Painted Desert as a parent, producing offspring with excellent form, color and flower longevity.  It is also a small-growing plant that matures at only 6” tall.  Here we've paired it with the superior flowers of the mini-Catasetum Melana Davision (Penang x denticulatum).  The combination will make this grex a star!  Flower colors will range from deep red to spotted red/burgundy, and we expect excellent form, high flower count, and pleasing arrangement.  The plants will stay small and produce 2-3 inflorescences per bulb.  I can't wait to see these bloom!
3” pots $20

SVO 6866
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. schmidtianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Burgundy Chips' FCC/AOS)

These next two crosses are firsts for SVO breeding.  What motivated me were some nice photos posted on the Facebook pages of Catasetum Fever and Catasetinae Canada.  The 'SVO' cultivar is the darker color form of Ctsm. schmidtianum, with relatively long 18-20” stems of 13-15 heavy, thick flowers with saccate, fimbriate lips.  Ctsm. Susan Fuchs (Orchidglade x expansum) is a well-known and reliable breeder.  I expect strong inflorescences carrying 13+ large flowers with burgundy spots.  It will be very interesting to see how schmidtianum combines with Susan Fuchs.
3” pots $18

SVO 6869
Cyc. warscewiczii (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Jumbo Super' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'OMG')

This 2017 listing contains four new Cyc. warscewiczii offerings.  I believe that these crosses have the highest potential ever seen and will set a new standard in flower quality for this extremely desirable species.  The breeding history behind this pairing: 'SVO Jumbo Super' is ('SVO' AM/AOS x 'Jumbo Mutation'), and 'OMG' is ('SVO' AM/AOS x 'SVO II' AM/AOS).  Both of these have ridiculously wide petals and flat form.  This is as good as it gets!
3” pots $22

SVO 6871
Fdk. Majestic Orchids Shopper (Fdk. After Midnight 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)
 
This cross is named for a Facebook group located in Puerto Rico.  The capsule parent is the best After Midnight (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. Mark Dimmitt), as the FCC/AOS award indicates, but I'll add that it was awarded with 32 perfectly-arranged, flat, dark, black-cherry-red flowers on two gracefully arching inflorescences.  This John C. Burchett (João Stivalli x Susan Fuchs) is as good as it gets with Catasetum breeding today.  The dark burgundy flowers are of superior size, color and shape, and the lip is huge and flat.  This grex is top Fredclarkeara breeding, and the addition of the huge dark pileatum-type lip from the John C. Burchett will further increase and flatten the flower size and lip shape.  How can a cross be better than this?  If I were a betting man, this is another grex where I'd put my money!  Same as SVO 2781 and 6722.  Yes - this cross is so good I made it in two consecutive years!
3” pots $22

SVO 6875
Fdk. New Hybrid (Fdk. Enter Light 'SVO Dark Beauty' FCC/AOS x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVOII' AM/AOS)

We are always testing the boundaries in breeding, and this cross is a bit unconventional.  Fdk. Enter Light (Fdk. After Dark x Ctsm. pileatum) is truly one of the best Fredclarkeara's, with amazing flower color, shape, form and arrangement.  Ctsm. Frilly Doris has been in the SVO breeding program for over twenty years and has definitely proven its value as a parent.  So why did we make this cross?  I am trying to produce dark-colored flowers with flat frilly lips!
3” pots $20

SVO 6878
Morm. New Hybrid (Morm. Midnight Hooker 'Hot Lips' x Morm. Mark Mills 'Hot Lips')

Mormodes are getting more attention these days, as the advanced hybrids are proving to be easier to grow and flower than the species.  Morm. Midnight Hooker (Midnight x  hookeri) has large, dark red flowers with bright red lips, and Morm. Mark Mills (Jumbo Bacia x Virgen del Valle) has even darker red flowers with unusually vibrant red lips.  There are 5 Mormodes species represented in this grex: badia, unica, buccinator, sinuata (twice) and hookeri (twice), making this hybrid's genetic composition very diverse.  The flowers of the progeny will predictably be red in color with darker red lips, and the upright stems will carry 10-15 blooms in December.
3” pots $18

SVO 6891
Fdk. New Hybrid   (Mo. Painted Desert 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. spitzii 'Red 48')

Mo. Painted Desert has produced 21 registered hybrids that have received more than 90 AOS awards, with 18 receiving FCC/AOS!  This productivity is a testament to the breeding value of Mo. Painted Desert for conveying excellentform, color and flower longevity to its progeny. Here we've paired it with Ctsm. spitzii 'Red 48.'  This red-flowered spitzii is extremely floriferous, blooming regularly with an incredible 48 flower on a single stem!!!  The lips of the spitzii flowers are thick, flat and waxy; I believe this trait will be dominant.  It's hard to predict with 100% certainty the outcome, but my instincts tell me that this cross is going to be extraordinary, with plants producing many long-lived red flowers.  
3” pots $20

SVO 6911
Clo. New Hybrid (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Ctsm. kleberianum 'SVO')

Mini-Catasetums have been a successful new direction in breeding, and this year we're trying some mini-Clowesetums.  The hybrid genus Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia) is known for bloom longevity, with flowers lasting up to 4-5 weeks! Cl. Rebecca Northen (Grace Dunn x rosea) is a great parent and has been used in many successful hybrids.  Ctsm. kleberianum is a very rare Catasetum, and some suspect that it may be extinct in the wild.  It is a small-growing species with attractive flowers, sporting a flat bright yellow lip.  The plant size from this cross will be very compact, making these mini-Clowesetums - very cool!  This is a new direction in breeding, and predictions are a bit challenging.  The possibility is good for full-shaped flowers with spotting on the petals and sepals, and lips with pink to yellow color, but I would not be surprised to see light pink flowers with lots of darker pink spots.  As a bonus, these will flower 2 or 3 times a season.  I'm excited about the potential for this cross, and I'll be keeping a watchful eye on these as they begin to bloom.
3” pots $20

SVO 6913
Clo. New Hybrid (Cl. Grace Dunn 'Chadds Ford' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS)

Cl. Grace Dunn (rosea x warczewitzii) 'Chadds Ford' is a nice plant, with pendulous inflorescences that produce attractive, soft pink flowers with a touch of green.  Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' is a reliable breeder, with large spotted flowers and a great blooming habit.  These will be long-lived, shapely flowers, generally pink in color, with lots of spots.  These should flower in mid-summer and again in the fall.
3” pots $18

SVO 6914
Clo.New Hybrid (Cl. Rebecca Northen 'Grapefruit Pink' x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Bombshell')

Here is the second of the mini-Clowesetum crosses that I'm offering this year.  Rebecca Northen is a great parent, and pairing it with Ctsm. Melana Davison (Penang x denticulatum), a mini-Catasetum with shapely flowers, will assure well-formed blossoms.  Melana Davison has bloomed in a wide range of colors, from white to solid red and everything in-between.  I think these will be mostly spotted pink flowers, but some will be red, others burgundy and some may be pure white.  Regardless of color, the form and flower count will be excellent, and the compact plant size will ensure that everyone has space for one or two of these new mini-Clowesetums!
3” pots $18

 

 

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