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Sunset Valley Orchids Catasetinae Plant Offering

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

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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.  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 6867        NEW
Ctsm. Green Dragon (Ctsm. schmidtianum 'SVO' x Ctsm. Orchidglade 'JTM')

This cross was inspired by some amazing pictures from the Brazilian grower Antonio Schmidt, for whom the species is named. 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. Orchidglade 'JTM' has very large, dark, solid burgundy flowers.  I expect plants from this grex to produce strong inflorescences carrying 13+ dark burgundy blooms.  I look forward to seeing how schmidtianum combines with Orchidglade and how 'JTM' influences color.  Don't expect to see any Green Dragons here - just Dark Dragons!!!
3” pots $18

SVO 7206  
Cyc. Super Cooper (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Jumbo Cooper 'SVO' AM/AOS)

This cross is all about green flowers on long cascading inflorescences. The cross of Jumbo Cooper used the very green Cyc. cooperi 'Green Emerald' HCC/AOS and the exceptional  Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS as parents.  The offspring were high quality, with 3 receiving AOS awards.  Backcrossing Jumbo Cooper to warscewiczii will increase flower size, improve overall shape, reinforce the green flower color and increase flower size.  The plants are showing excellent vigor.
3” pots $18

SVO 7207  
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO' AM/AOS x Cyc. Dark Swan 'Bold Spots' )

I have been working diligently on Cycnoches for many years now, and I feel that these newest crosses are will be exceptional. Dark Swan is (Richard Brandon x Chloronge), and this is a complex hybrid with 5 species in its makeup: warscewiczii, loddigesii, chlorochilon, barthiorum and cooperi. 'Bold Spots' has a very dark bold spots nearly covering the petals and sepals. The addition of warscewiczii will widen the segments and improve substance. Flower color will range from olive green to dark burgundy.  These will be grow rapidly and bloom easily.
3” pots $18

SVO 7210
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS)

These two parents, Jumbo Lace and Frilly Doris, have been successful in producing many good hybrids with frilly lips. I have always had a 'thing' for frilly lips, and with the new work in Clowesetum breeding, this was an obvious pairing. Jumbo Lace has quite a bit of yellow in its long-lived flowers, and Frilly Doris has bold spotting, large flowers and blooms 3-4 times a season. This cross will bring together some important qualities, and we expect to see plants flower from mid-summer through winter. Flower life will exceed 3 weeks, and the blooms will be light yellow with burgundy spotting and, of course, frilly lips!
3” pots $18

SVO 7213  
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Upper Echelon 'SVO Sunburst' x Ctsm. John Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

Upper Echelon (Clo. Jumbo Lace x Ctsm. Orchidglade) is a second-generation Clowesetum hybrid with exceptionally nice color, shape, size and flower longevity. Crossing it to the remarkable John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' with its dark color and huge lip will make this a third generation Clowesetum hybrid. The offspring will exhibit many traits of the Catasetum parent: larger flowers; flatter, fuller lips and richer colors. Also, expect flower longevity to be at 3-4 weeks.  These will surprise you with their outstanding flower quality!
3” pots $18

SVO 7223
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs 'Leucadia' x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

Reducing plant size while not compromising floral quality and quantity is the breeder's challenge. Susan Fuchs (Orchidglade x expansum) has been making significant contributions to modern Catasetum hybrids, and its large flowers, good shape, ease of growth and ability to flower several times a season make it a great candidate for this new hybrid.  Ctsm. tigrinum is a small growing plant with pseudobulbs less than 6” tall.  Plants bloom several times throughout the season, producing whitish flowers that are spotted light red on pendulous inflorescences with 15-25 flowers each. This species has wide petals that make attractive, full-shaped flowers.  We have bloomed several test crosses, and this fullness appears to be a dominant characteristic - very good news!  The expectation is for 15-20 good-sized flowers with excellent shape, produced several times a season, all on a small plant that deserves the name 'mini-Catasetum.'  This is a very promising new look in Catasetinae breeding.
3” pots $18

SVO 7224  
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' x Cyc. Richard Brandon 'Extra Wide Petals')

Richard Brandon 'Extra Wide' has the widest petals imaginable for a Cycnoches hybrid.  The flowers are bronze colored, and the lip is densely spotted burgundy. Cyc. warscewiczii 'Giant Swan' is an outstanding line bred variety that has nearly perfect form and heavy substance.  These will have superior shape, high flower count, spotted lips and green to bronze flowers. This is a cross with superior potential.
3” pots $18

SVO 7238
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Jumbo Lace 'SVO' x Ctsm. denticulatum 'Orange Lip')

Jumbo Lace was one of the early successful Clowesetum (Catasetum x Clowesia)  hybrids.  The flowers have nice color, good form and longevity of 3-4 weeks.  The 'SVO' cultivar has great arrangement and flower count, plus plants bloom 2-3 times a season, starting in the fall.  The denticulatum is a selection of the sibling cross of ('SVO' AM/AOS x 'SVO II' AM/AOS).  It has great color and was very quick to bloom from flask. This combination will make a mini-Clowesetum hybrid.  I believe this breeding has a place in every collection.  The plants are under 6” tall, bloom in fall/winter, and have colorful flowers that last 3-4 weeks.
3” pots $18

SVO 7242       NEW
Cycd. Bob Lewis (Morm. ignea 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Cyc. warscewiczii 'Super Select')

Here we have remade Bob Lewis with a unique Mormodes parent. The Mormodes ignea has reddish flowers with darker red striping; the lip is light yellow/gold with a sparkling texture. This particular ignea has strong upright inflorescences showing off the flowers nicely.  Cyc. warscewiczii 'Super Select' is just that!  It is one of the best to bloom out of many years of line breeding and has a huge green flower with a white lip.  In this type of breeding the Cycnoches will impart its fine form and allow the intense color of the Mormodes to come through. These are vigorous, strong-growing plants. Expect orange to red flowers with heavy darker spotting or striping. These will be spectacular!
3” pots $20

SVO 7244  
Cyc. New Hybrid (Cyc. Anne-Kathrin Berger 'SVO' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Best')

I've been breeding for Cycnoches with yellow flowers and red spots, a combination that I really like.  Cyc. 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 7249  
Clo. New Hybrid (Clo. Upper Echelon 'SVO Sun Blast' x Ctsm. José Abalo 'SVO')

Upper Echelon (Clo. Jumbo Lace x Ctsm. Orchidglade) is a second-generation Clowesetum hybrid with exceptionally nice color, shape, size and flower longevity. José Abalo (sanguineum x Orchidglade) has a 2 foot long stem carrying 20 dark burgundy flowers with black lips - really outstanding!  This is a third-generation Clowesetum hybrid, and the offspring will exhibit many traits of the José Abalo: larger flowers, rich burgundy colors, and flower longevity of 3 weeks or more.  These might be a real surprise when they begin to flower!  I am setting aside a few of these to observe…
3” pot $18

SVO 7251       NEW as of 11/128/2108 
Cyc. warscewiczii (Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Super Select' x Cyc. warscewiczii 'SVO Jumbo Swan')

Outstanding potential with this cross has the highest potential ever seen and will set a new standard in flower quality for this extremely desirable species.  Both parents are of the highest flower quality, the plants are easy vigorous growers which were selected from hundreds of individuals.  Top quality Cycnoches species!
3” pots $20

SVO 7281       NEW  
Ctsm. New Hybrid Ctsm. lucis 'SVO' x Ctsm. John C. Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

After the success of the two previous hybrids with Ctsm lucis - Ctsm. Edgardo A. Pauneto (Frilly Doris x lucis) receiving 5 awards and Ctsm. Richard Fulford (Orchidglade x lucis) with 3 awards - this new cross promises to be equally successful. The strong upright inflorescences of lucis can reach over 4' tall, with 20+ flowers that last 3-4 weeks. Ctsm. John C. Burchett has been in our stable of breeding plants for many years and has proven its ability to create superb offspring.  These will be well-shaped flowers with nice flat lips produced on strong stems. Flower color will range a bit, with many being spotted, and a few will be solid color in deep burgundy.  One nice feature will be improved flower longevity, a highly desirable trait that lucis passes to its offspring
3” pots $18

SVO 7290  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Louise Clarke 'Wonder Woman' x Ctsm. John Burchett 'Ursa Major' FCC/AOS)

Modern pileatum-based Catasetum hybrids are reaching new heights!  The huge shield-shaped lips and large flower size plus the bright bold colors of this breeding line really grabs your attention. Ctsm. Louise Clarke (my mother's namesake) has been receiving AOS awards for excellent color, size and presentation.  The cultivar 'Wonder Woman' is a real standout, flowering 3-4 times a year with great flower presentation and color.  The FCC/AOS awarded to John C. Burchett is very telling  - its flower size, color and shape are amazing!  This cross will have boldly colored flowers in burgundy and yellow with very large flat lips, possibly 3” across!  The well-arranged flowers will appear 2-3 times a season and command attention.
3” pots $18

SVO 7309  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. tiginum 'Wyche' HCC/AOS)

Flower quality in Portagee Star is surprisingly nice, with just three species in its background: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  I strongly believe that Ctsm. tigrinum will be a positive influence on the offspring. Earlier crosses have shown that tigrinum imparts the desirable characteristic of wide petals, creating a full flower shape.  These will also be 'mini-Catasetums,' as the tigrinum will reduce plant size.  I can hardly wait to see a lot of these new crosses bloom, but I'm particularly interested in this one.  SVO 7314 is very similar but was made with a different cultivar of tigrinum.
3” pots $18

SVO 7310
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. saccatum 'Brooklyn Botanical Garden' FCC/AOS)

The tried and true Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) imparts good flower form, fimbriate lips and well-arranged flowers.  It's a vigorous grower that blooms reliably 3-4 times a season with 23-26 flowers per inflorescence.  A First Class Certificate (FCC) is the highest accolade for flower quality given by the American Orchid Society (AOS).  This saccatum is truly outstanding and blooms with 25 flowers nearly 6” across on an inflorescence that is 3' long!!  As if that weren't enough, I have seen this plant flower 4 times in one season!!!  This is a 'novelty' type of breeding, and the flowers will be exotic-looking in burgundy tones, and the lips will be coarsely frilled.  There will be over 20 large flowers on each inflorescence, which will be produced 3-4 times a season.
3” pots $18

SVO 7311  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. Melana Davison 'Fox Tail')

The flower quality of Portagee Star is surprisingly nice: the shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  Melana Davison (Ctsm. Susan Fuchs x Ctsm. denticulatum) has been a landmark hybrid in the breeding of reduced plant size while maintaining excellent flower size, shape, color, and count.  It also has been recognized with 7 AM/AOS awards!  The mostly red flowers of 'Fox Tail' have an excellent presentation; the flower count is very high.  Here we have crossed the standard size Portagee Star onto a first generation mini-Catasetum Melana Davison.  These plants will still be small growers and stay under 8” tall.  I expect excellent flower form, increased bloom size and easy culture.  These should produce many-flowered inflorescences 2-3 times a season.  Flower color will vary from light yellow to dark red and everything in-between.
3” pots $18

SVO 7312  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. tenebrosum 'Ed#2' AM/AOS x Ctsm. Double Down 'BPYL')

This type of breeding has been in the planning for many years.  I have always wanted to breed Catasetums with dark burgundy segments and bright yellow lips.  Finally, here it is!  Ctsm. tenebrosum is a showy species and the cultivar used here has the best color and shape, with dark petals and sepals and a contrasting chartreuse lip. One of the important characteristics of tenebrosum as a parent is its early blooming.  This is one of the first Catasetums to flower each season, and the bloom spikes develop with the new growths, traits that are useful in developing early-to-bloom hybrids. Ctsm. Double Down (Chuck Taylor x kleberianum) produced many plants that flowered with dark segments and yellow lips.  The cultivar used here, 'BPYL,' stands for 'Black Petals Yellow Lip,' and the flowers have great color contrast on plants that bloom 3-4 times a year. The addition of tenebrosum with its early flowering habit and complementary flower colors should result in plants that bloom early, mid, and late season with very dark segments and bright yellow lips.
3” pots $18  

SVO 7313  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Frilly Doris 'SVO II' AM/AOS x Ctsm. tigrinum 'SVO')

The tried and true Frilly Doris (Doris's Choice x Dona Marie) imparts good flower form, fimbriate lips and well-arranged flowers.  It's a vigorous grower that blooms reliably 3-4 times a season with 23-26 flowers per inflorescence. Early Ctsm. tigrinum crosses have shown that this species transmits wide petals, a desirable characteristic that creates full flower shape.  These will also be 'mini-Catasetums,' as the tigrinum parent will reduce plant size.  These will have high flower count, spotted flowers and frilly lips.  What more could you want? 
3” pots $18

SVO 7315  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Portagee Star 'Brian Lawson's Sunrise' HCC/AOS x Ctsm. lucis 'Dana's Bird of Paradise' AM/AOS)

Flower quality in Portagee Star is surprisingly nice, with just three species in its background: pileatum, expansum and tenebrosum.  The shape is full, the lip is flat and the color is an attractive yellow with a bit of red.  What makes Ctsm. lucis remarkable is its upright 4' long inflorescence that carries many long-lived green flowers with white lips.  Earlier crosses in this style of breeding have been excellent.  We are expecting flower color to range between yellow with a red blush to pure white.  These will have high flower count, strong stems and flower longevity of 3-4 weeks, a nice trait passed on by lucis to its offspring. These will surprise you with their flower quality!
3” pot $18

SVO 7345  
Ctsm. New Hybrid (Ctsm. Orchidglade 'Davie Ranches' AM/AOS x Ctsm. tiginum 'SVO')

Orchidglade (pileatum x expansum) is a prolific bloomer with large yellow flowers, red spots and a huge lip.  As a bonus, it is an excellent breeder, reliably producing high-quality offspring. Ctsm. tigrinum blooms with 15-30 flowers that are white-cream with light red spots, produced several times a season on cascading inflorescences. Early hybrids with tigrinum have shown that offspring produce flowers with wide petals, a very desirable quality.  These will be 'mini-Catasetums,' as tigrinum will reduce plant stature due to its small growing habit.  These will have highly spotted flowers with excellent, full shape. I am really looking forward to these!
3” pots $18

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