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Spotted Cattleyas

Spotted flowers have been a favorite of mine for years. Seeing those wonderful spots in the heat of summer is a spectacular sight. Today the development of spotted breeding includes flowers that bloom in a wide range of color choices.  SVO is renowned for its breeding of yellow flowers with red spots and the new line of spotted coerulea flower crosses are not to be missed.

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SVO 7546t          NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. Pittiae 'SVO Best Blue')

Blue spotted flowers – wow, who would have thought? This cross brings together three important species: C. leopoldii, C. loddigesii and C. schilleriana, the last two being the parents of Pittiae. The coerulea color forms of these species are very rare in nature, and acquiring select plants good enough for breeding has taken many years. This coerulea grex of Pittiae has already received 4 AOS awards, with descriptions that read something like this: “four flat flowers, petals and sepals coerulea, spotted darker coerulea, lip dark coerulea, throat yellow.” By crossing Pittiae to a coerulea leopoldii we reinforce the genetics for spotting, increase flower count and strengthen the stem.  This is a super nice and unusual spotted coerulea cross, not to be missed. The protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical used to increase chromosome count and improve the possibility that some of these will be tetraploid.
3” pots $20

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. Pittiae 'SVO Best Blue'

 

 

SVO 7548t          NEW   
C. NEW HYBRID (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. Gaudii 'Harold Koopowitz')

Spotted blue Catts - how cool is this? This cross adds back leopoldii f. coerulea with its super spots and good flower count to the coerulea Gaudii (C. loddigesii x C. leopoldii) with its large flat flowers.  Here we are counting on the coerulea flowers to be densely spotted. In many ways, this cross will look like a super coerulea C. leopoldii. Don't miss out on this cross! The protocorms were treated with oryzalin (t), a chemical used to increase chromosome count and improve the possibility that some of these will be tetraploid.
3” pots $20

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. Gaudii 'Harold Koopowitz'

 

 

SVO 7577     
C. Mareeba Tiger (C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4n' x C. schilleriana 'Yes 4n')

If you are going to remake a primary cross, it only makes sense to use the best parental stock available. The quality of 'SVO Dark Wonder' is fantastic: heavy, hard flowers with wide segments and dark red lips. The schilleriana is also outstanding, with large flowers, each sporting a wide, flat red lip. This promises to be an exceptional hybrid, blooming with 5-7 flowers and looking a lot like an improved leopoldii in flower and lip size. I'm already thinking about crossing the best of these with C. Peckaviensis – wouldn't that be awesome?!
3” pots $18

C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4n' C. schilleriana 'Yes 4n'

 

SVO 7579
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Brabantiae 'SVO 7' 4n x C. Love Chance Green, White Lip 4n)

This Brabantiae (C. aclandiae x C. loddigesii) carries 8 hot pink flowers boldly spotted in dark burgundy and held nicely above the foliage. C. Love Chance (C. Landate x C. loddigesii) is normally a spotted hybrid, but 'Green White Lip', true to its name, has a green flower with a white lip. The plant has a compact stature, standing at 12” tall with flowers of “rock hard” substance.  Here we are looking for pink flowers, spotted in dark burgundy and with impressively hard substance, presented nicely just above the foliage on sturdy stems.
3” pots $16

C. Brabantiae 'SVO 7' 4n C. Love Chance Green, White Lip 4n

 

SVO 7606
Lc. Chuzca Real (C. Peckaviensis 'Red Spade' HCC/AOS x C. leopoldii 'SVO No Spots' AM/AOS)

Peckaviensis flowers look like huge aclandiae blooms with large oversized lips and 3-4 flowers per stem. The unusual and rare color form of leopoldii, 'SVO No Spots', blooms with 15 well-arranged, dark amber flowers and bright magenta lips. Flower color is going to vary, with most being spotted in dark burgundy, but some will come out in solid amber colors. One thing is certain - these will all have large, bright magenta lips and 6-9 flowers per stem - impressive!
3” pots $15

C. Peckaviensis 'Red Spade' HCC/AOS C. leopoldii 'SVO No Spots' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7615           NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Comets Tail 'Super Nice' x C. aclandiae 'Kathleen III' AM/AOS)

Bifoliate cattleyas are some of my favorite orchids. The color, spots, fragrance and summer-blooming habit are all good reasons to grow them. This is a tetraploid grex, a rarity in bifoliate breeding. C. Comets Tail (C. Landate x C. aclandiae) has a large flower with heavy substance and looks like a super improved C. aclandiae with 3-4 flowers on a stem. This awarded aclandiae is exceptional, with large flowers, broad segments and a flat magenta lip. This is one of those “very cool” hybrids. Even species lovers will appreciate this cross with its genetic makeup of 7 parts C. aclandiae (87%) and one part C. leopoldii (13%).  These might even fool experts into believing these are pure C. aclandiae……
3” pots $18

C. Comets Tail 'Super Nice' C. aclandiae 'Kathleen III' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7640     
C. Peckaviensis (C. schilleriana 'Afri' SM/JOGA x C. aclandiae 'Kathleen II' 4n AM/AOS)

What a great primary hybrid! These look like huge aclandiae with large oversized lips and 3-4 flowers per stem.  As 'Afri' is most likely a 4n and 'Kathleen' is a 4n, we expect flowers to have heavier substance and larger size compared to previous 2n crosses.  Excellent in baskets and on mounts, these are not to be missed. This is the exact same cross as SVO 7198; you know it must be nice if I made it twice!
3” pots $18

C. schilleriana 'Afri' SM/JOGA C. aclandiae 'Kathleen II' 4n AM/AOS

 

SVO 7671A          NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (Lc. Plum Lulu ‘Hot Lips’ AM/AOS  x C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS)

Ok, you have to admire spotted flowers. Take a look at Lc. Plum Lulu (C. Lulu x Lc. Maui Plum) beautiful flowers in deep burgundy with darker burgundy spots and a contrasting red lip!  Caudebec (C. Sophia Martin x C. Penny Kuroda) 'Linwood' must be the finest example of Caudebec today, with great color, size, and flower count. With both parents being spotted and having a similar ancestry, expect strong inflorescences of 12-15 burgundy spotted flowers. These will be impressive summer bloomers!

3” pots $16

Lc. Plum Lulu ‘Hot Lips’ AM/AOS C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7673A          NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS x C. Mark Jones 'Lance')

Caudebec (C. Sophia Martin x C. Penny Kuroda) 'Linwood' is a meristem mutation and superior to other cultivars. It blooms with large, light pink flowers with dark pink spot and a magenta lip, and the strong stems carry 9 flowers each. Mark Jones (C. Caudebec x C. Fascelis) has a full-shaped flower, carried 7-9 per stem. It has surprisingly wide petals and olive-green color with dark amethyst spots and a broad red lip. These bloom in the summer, a time when not many Cattleyas flower.  Plants will mature at 14-16” tall, have wider petals than most spotted hybrids, and produce 7-9 flowers per stem. A nice step forward in breeding for full-shaped flowers with wide, spotted petals. Here we have the rare opportunity to evaluate the influence of capsule vs. pollen parent, since the reciprocal is available as SVO 7717.
3” pots $16

C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS C. Mark Jones 'Lance'

 

SVO 7681
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Peckaviensis 'Red Spade' HCC/AOS x C. velutina 'SVO 24')

How cool are velutina hybrids? Peckaviensis (aclandiae x schilleriana) is a great primary hybrid, Flowers look like huge aclandiae with large oversized lips and 3-4 flowers per stem. C. velutina 'SVO 24' is named for its ability to flower with 24 blooms per stem. Flowers have undulated segments and are bronze-yellow with random burgundy spots, and the wide lip is veined in dark purple. The shape and colors make this unusual species spectacular. For this new hybrid, imagine 6-8 flowers just above the foliage in a golden-orange, spotted burgundy with broad magenta lips.  Check out the first to bloom PICTURE
3” pot $16

C. Peckaviensis 'Red Spade' HCC/AOS C. velutina 'SVO 24'

 

SVO 7717
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Mark Jones 'Lance' x C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS)

Mark Jones (C. Caudebec x C. Fascelis) has a full-shaped flower, carrying 7-9 per stem. It has surprisingly wide petals and olive-green color with dark amethyst spots and a broad red lip. These bloom in the summer, a time when not many Cattleyas flower.  Caudebec (C. Sophia Martin x C. Penny Kuroda) 'Linwood' is a meristem mutation and superior to other cultivars. It blooms with large, light pink flowers with dark pink spot and a magenta lip, and the strong stems carry 9 flowers each.  Plants will mature at 14-16” tall, have wider petals than most spotted hybrids, and produce 7-9 flowers per stem. A nice step forward in breeding for full-shaped flowers with wide, spotted petals. Here we have the rare opportunity to evaluate the influence of capsule vs. pollen parent, since the reciprocal is available as SVO 7673A.
3” pots $16

C. Mark Jones 'Lance' C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7722
Bc. NEW HYBRID (Bc. Maikai 'Lea' AM/AOS x C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS)

Maikai (B. nodosa x C. bowringiana) has starry-shaped deep rose-lavender flowers with faint spots, and the round lip is rose-lavender and spotted. Caudebec (C. Sophia Martin x C. Penny Kuroda) 'Linwood' is a meristem mutation and superior to other cultivars. It blooms with large, light pink flowers with dark pink spots and a magenta lip. The strong stems carry 9 flowers each.  We expect impressive clusters of bright magenta flowers, possibly with some spots, and a dark magenta lip spotted with even darker magenta.
3” pots $16

Bc. Maikai 'Lea' AM/AOS C. Caudebec 4n 'Linwood' AM/AOS

 

SVO 7935          NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Pittiae 'SVO Blue Spots')

Leoloddiglossa was a significant development in coerulea flowers with blue spots, and 'SVO Speckled Blue' earning an FCC/AOS acknowledged the flower quality and plant vigor of this cultivar. Pittiae (C. loddigesii x C. schilleriana) produces rather large coerulea flowers on a 10” tall plant. Although the flowers are sparsely spotted, the potential for passing on its spotted ancestry is good. This hybrid will exhibit the exceptional qualities of the coerulea spotted species in its background: C. loddigesii, C. amethystoglossa, C. schilleriana and C. leopoldii.  Plants will mature at 10-12” tall and bloom with 7-10 large, spotted blue flowers displayed above the foliage. This cross is highly recommended and represents the leading edge in blue spotted breeding.
3” pots $18

C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS C. Pittiae 'SVO Best Blue'

 

 

SVO 7941         NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS x C. Gaudii 'SVO Blue Spots')

Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' has excellent shape and coerulea color, and it carries 20 or more well-presented flowers. There are three Cattleya species represented here: leopoldii, loddigesii, and amethystoglossa. Crossing this exceptional plant with Gaudii (leopoldii x loddigesii) will reinforce the traits from the parent species, making these look a lot like super Gaudii with larger flowers showing deep color and darker spots.
3” pots $18

C. Leoloddiglossa 'SVO Speckled Blue' FCC/AOS C. Gaudii 'SVO Blue Spots'

 

 

SVO 7950
C. Mareeba Tiger f. coerulea (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. schilleriana f. coerulea '4 x Blue Spots')

How about Mareeba Tiger in the coerulea color form??!! This cross combines the high flower count (15-25 per stem) of C. leopoldii with 4-5 blooms per stem of C. schilleriana. This is a grex that I believe will bloom with 7-12 flowers or possibly more. The blooms will be a light coerulea with darker spotting and a broad blue lip, and they also should be fragrant. Like a super floriferous blue schilleriana! Here is your chance to get something great!! Available with oryzalin treatment as SVO 7527t.
3” pots $18

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. schilleriana f. coerulea '4 x Blue Spots'

 

SVO 7945      
C. Mareeba Tiger (C. leopoldii 'Dark Blood 4n' x C. schilleriana 'SVO Yes' 4n)

The best possible parents were used in this cross. Most of us have seen Landate (C. leopoldii x C. aclandiae) and Peckaviensis (C. aclandiae x C. schilleriana), which bloom with 3-5 very showy and fragrant flowers. However, Mareeba Tiger combines the high flower count from C. leopoldii (15-25) with the 5-7 blooms of C. schilleriana. I believe these will bloom with 9-15 huge 5” flowers. Blooms will be nicely fragrant and dark chestnut brown with darker spotting and a broad intense magenta lip. Like a super floriferous schilleriana! Here is your chance to get something really great. See also SVO 7947.
3” pots $18

C. leopoldii 'Dark Blood 4n' C. schilleriana 'SVO Yes' 4n

 

SVO 7947       
C. Mareeba Tiger (C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4n x C. schilleriana 'SVO Yes 4n')

Very similar to SVO 7945, but here we use a sibling 4n leopoldii. C. Mareeba Tiger combines the high flower count from C. leopoldii (15-25) with the 5-7 blooms of C. schilleriana. I believe these will bloom with 9-15 huge 5” flowers. Blooms will be nicely fragrant and dark chestnut brown with darker spotting and a broad intense magenta lip. Like a super floriferous schilleriana!  Here is your chance to get something great.
3” pots $18

C. leopoldii 'SVO Dark Wonder 4n C. schilleriana 'SVO Yes' 4n'

 

SVO 7949 
C. Aurora's Newyears Gift (C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS x C. granulosa 'SVO Dark')

Similar to SVO 7944. This leopoldii receiving an AM/AOS says a lot about its flower quality. Flowers are a rich bronze with burgundy spots and fuchsia lips. This granulosa has very large, dark-colored flowers with waxy substance. Really exceptional! If you want something very special and/or you are a fan of bifoliate Cattleyas, you cannot pass this up.
3” pots $16

C. leopoldii 'Paul' AM/AOS C. granulosa 'SVO Dark'

 

SVO 7958
C. Gaudii f. coerulea (C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS x C. loddigesii f. coerulea 'Darkest Blue')

Coerulea color forms of bifoliate cattleyas are rare, and these first hybrids are turning out to be spectacular! I first offered C. Gaudii f. coerulea in 2013, and here is the description I wrote then: “In the past this grex was called C. Hybrida when C. leopoldii was considered C. guttata. This will be the most desirable as they will be coerulea blue!  Bifoliate coerulea flowers are very rare and collectable with the most desirable having blue spots. Mature plants will have heads of 10 or more blue flowers. The first use of coerulea parents in this grex. Don't miss out on these.” Those plants sold out in just a few weeks, and it's been a long wait to produce another batch. Those first plants from 2013 bloom with strong stems of 9-11 flowers in a beautiful shade of coerulea blue with darker spotting. I expect similarly excellent results from this remake.
3” pots $16

C. leopoldii f. coerulea 'Kathleen' JC/AOS C. loddigesii f. coerulea 'Darkest Blue'

 

SVO 8024       
Pot. Naomi's Delight (Blc. Sun Spots 'Vivid Spots' x Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS)

Yellow flowers with red spots are a favorite combination at SVO, and these two parents are proven breeders in this style. Sun Spots (C. Mark Jones x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots) imparts high flower count and large flower size. Katherine Clarkson (Mark Jones x Jungle Gem) breeds compact plants, excellent flower shape and the potential for twice-a-year flowering. Combining all these traits will produce bright yellow flowers with red spots and a red lip. Plants will mature at 10-12” tall and produce sturdy stems of 4-7 flowers. As a bonus, some of these will bloom twice a year. The reciprocal cross is available as SVO 7994.
3” pots $16

Blc. Sun Spots 'Vivid Spots' Slc. Katherine Clarkson 'SVO' HCC/AOS

 

SVO 8028      
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Fire Fantasy 'Royalty' x Slc. Mem. Evelyn Paquette 'SVO Sun Spots')

Coming up with entirely new flower color combinations might seem impossible, but there are still opportunities. How about yellow flowers with red spotted sepals and red flared petals? This and SVO 8040 are very promising for this entirely new combination. Fire Fantasy (Lc. Hawaiian Fantasy x Soph. coccinea) is a small-growing plant, and the unique flowers have orange sepals and bright yellow petals tipped with red flares. Lots of orange, yellow and red. Memoria Evelyn Paquette (Slc. Armonía de Sueños x C. Mark Jones) waxy yellow flowers with red spotting and fuchsia lips. Plants have good stems with 4-5 flowers. With our understanding of flared flower breeding dominance, we can predict with good certainty that these flowers will have red spotted sepals and red flared petals. 
3” pots $16

Slc. Fire Fantasy 'Royalty' Slc. Mem. Evelyn Paquette 'SVO Sun Spots'

 

SVO 8029        NEW
C. NEW HYBRID (C. Mark Jones 'SVO' HCC/AOS x C. Motte Spot 'Ruben's Find')
For a spotted Cattleya, Mark Jones (C. Caudebec x C. Fascelis) has unusually wide petals on its 7-11 large flowers. This grex has been an excellent breeder, imparting good shape, bold spots and vigorous growth. This Motte Spot (C. Cognac x C. Fort Motte) appears to be a mutation spotted in a large population of blooming clones. The 4-5 flowers have fuller segments and significantly heavier substance than usual. I like spotted flowers for many reasons: they fill my growing area with colorful blooms in the heat of summer, plus they're fragrant!  These will have pink flowers with purple/red spotting and fuchsia lips, and the plant will produce 5-8 blooms on each strong stem.
3” pots $16

C. Mark Jones 'SVO' HCC/AOS C. Motte Spot 'Ruben's Find'

 

SVO 8056      
Slc. NEW HBYRID (Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' AM/AOS x C. Caudebec 'Marty's Orchids' 4n)

Recently I have come to realize how valuable Angel Eyes (Slc. Bright Angel x Lc. Little Dipper) is as a parent. It reliably breeds desirable, flat, flared flowers and blooms several times a year. Caudebec (C. Sophia Martin x C. Penny Kuroda) 'Marty's Orchids' is a meristem mutation and superior to other cultivars, with hard substance, pink flowers and amethyst-pink spots. These will have pink flowers with amethyst-pink spots on the sepals and pink-lavender flaring on the petals, all surrounding a fuchsia lip. This is a very novel cross and well worth the investment.
3” pots $16

Slc. Angel Eyes 'SVO' AM/AOS C. Caudebec 'Marty's Orchids' 4n

 

SVO 8073       
Slc. NEW HYBRID (Slc. Memoria Evelyn Paquette 'SVO Sun Spots' x Blc. Sun Spots 'Sandy' AM/AOS)

Yellow flowers with red spots are a favorite combination at SVO, and these two parents are proven breeders in this style. Memoria Evelyn Paquette (Slc. Armonía de Sueños x C. Mark Jones) has hard, waxy yellow flowers with red spotting. The lip is fuchsia, and plants have good stems with 4-5 flowers. Sun Spots (C. Mark Jones x Blc. SunCoast Sunspots) has large flowers, good color and excellent spots, and best of all it imparts these qualities to its offspring. This is the 'Next Level' in breeding along these lines. Expect compact plants carrying good stems of 5-7 waxy yellow flowers spotted in red with fuchsia-colored lips.
3” pots $16

Slc. Memoria Evelyn Paquette 'SVO Sun Spots' Blc. Sun Spots 'Sandy' AM/AOS

 

 

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

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