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Vista, CA 92081

fred.clarke@att.net

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Cattleya Species

Collecting select and awarded Cattleya species has been a passion of mine for many years. The collection now contains over 700 selected plants!  Recently, I started breeding the “best of the best” in an effort to provide these superior and often hard to find Cattleya species available for the hobbyist.

Other Cattleyas
Mini-Catts | Compact Cattleyas | Standard / Large Cattleyas | Spotted Cattleyas
Coerulea (blue) Cattleyas | Species | Blooming Size 4" Cattleyas

 

SVO 7743
C. walkeriana (C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' AM/AOS x C. walkeriana 'Marvin Davis' 4n)

This cross was made by a good friend who was very excited about the floral qualities of his plant ‘Marvin Davis’. When he saw ‘The Chairman’ in bloom, he asked for pollen, and 3 years later we have well-established plants in 3” pots. This is excellent walkeriana breeding.
3” pots $20

C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' AM/AOS C. walkeriana 'Marvin Davis' 4n

 

SVO 8023
Psh. cochleata (Psh. cochleata 'Pepe' x Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine 'AM/AOS)

The cultivar ‘Pepe’ has an interesting provenance. It was collected over 70 years ago in the hills above the town of Suchilquitongo in Oaxaca, Mexico, by a young man (at that time) whose responsibility was to pasture the family’s goats and cow. After several seasons on the job, he began to notice the native orchids flowering in the trees, and he selected this plant as the best he had seen. He brought it down from the hills and placed it on a tree in his yard. Over the years, this plant grew into a huge specimen, and one of my longtime workers, Pepe, asked the now-old man for a division. This plant blooms with 11-13 flowers open at one time, far more than the 4-6 that are typical for this species. Also exceptional is Psh. cochleata ‘Jules & Elaine,’ without a doubt the most unusual I’ve seen. Its flower stems are very heavy and stick straight up like a bamboo stake up to 3 feet tall! I counted the flowers last time this plant bloomed, and from August to mid-March there were 30 flowers, with 4 open blooms at a time, and new buds still developing! These plants are easy to grow, and they bloom for months on end, making this an excellent beginner’s plant. For more experienced growers, this cross will upgrade your collection.
3” pots $16

Psh. cochleata 'Pepe' Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine 'AM/AOS

 

SVO 9241     NEW
C. loddigesii (C. loddigesii 'ABTT' x C. loddigesii 'A-doribil' FCC/AOS)

I am always reminded that it’s late January when I see buds popping out of the sheaths on my C. loddigesii. The cultivar ‘ABTT’, named after the parents of the sib cross ‘Aranda B’ HCC/AOS and ‘Tamiami Thunder’ AM/AOS, has a good growth habit and was the first from this grex to reach blooming size. The FCC/AOS award for ‘A-doribil’ is indicative of its very high quality, and the large, well-formed flowers are impressive. This cross combines two separate breeding lines, and we believe this will give stronger plant vigor and excellent flower quality.
3” pots $20

C. loddigesii 'ABTT' C. loddigesii 'A-doribil' FCC/AOS

 

SVO 9252
C. walkeriana (C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n AM/AOS x C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS)

‘SVO Whopper' has an impressive flat-as-can-be flower with excellent substance. 'The Chairman' has an equally impressive flower with wide, round petals. A top-quality pairing!
3” pots $20 

C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n AM/AOS C. walkeriana 'The Chairman' 4n AM/AOS

 

SVO 9254
C. walkeriana (C. walkeriana 'SVO Passion' 4n AM/AOS x C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n AM/AOS)

‘SVO’s Passion’ is exceptionally nice, with flat, full flowers. ‘SVO Whopper' has an impressive flat-as-can-be flower with excellent substance. This is as good as it gets!
3” pots $20

C. walkeriana 'SVO Passion' 4n AM/AOS C. walkeriana 'SVO Whopper' 4n AM/AOS

 

SVO 9417
C. aurantiaca (C. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots' x C. aurantiaca 'SVO Spots II')

‘Mishima Spots' is the original spotted form of C. aurantiaca and very unusual, with orange flowers spotted in red. The 12-15 flowers are presented in a cluster just above the foliage. 'SVO Spots II' is a select cultivar from a selfing of ‘Mishima Spots’. These will have orange flowers with intense red spots. A very special variety and highly collectable!
3” pots $16

C. aurantiaca 'Mishima Spots' C. aurantiaca 'SVO Spots II'

 

SVO 9450
Psh. cochleata (Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine' AM/AOS x Psh. cochleata 'Steve Kelepecz 'AM/AOS)

Psh. cochleata ‘Jules & Elaine’ is undoubtedly the most unusual cultivar of this species that I’ve seen. Its flower stems are very heavy and stick straight up like a bamboo stake up to 3 feet tall! I counted the flowers last time this plant bloomed, and from August to mid-March there were 30 flowers, with 4 open blooms at a time, and new buds still developing! This is an outstanding plant with an amazing flowering habit. Psh. cochleata 'Steve Kelepecz’ has nearly perfect arrangement and 9 flowers open simultaneously!  Plant vigor is often a sign of quality, and our motto around the nursery is “It has to grow well first and then flower well.” These plants are easy to grow, and they bloom for months on end, making this an excellent beginner’s plant. For more experienced growers, this cross will upgrade your collection.
3” pots $16

Psh. cochleata 'Jules & Elaine' AM/AOS Psh. cochleata 'Steve Kelepecz 'AM/AOS

 

SVO 8144     NEW    
(L. anceps 'South Africa' x L. anceps 'SanBar Pink Inspiration')

‘South Africa’ is a very fine example of modern breeding with rounded petal tips and a beautiful dark lip, 'SanBar Pink Inspiration’ has particularly wide petals and this breeding line developed at SBOE has won many awards.  This cross is all about flower shape: I am expecting the best from both parents. As a bonus, when these are mature, the plants will bloom 4-5 flowers per inflorescence.
3” pots  $25

L. anceps 'South Africa' L. anceps 'SanBar Pink Inspiration')

SVO 9673     NEW    
(L. anceps 'Gigas Flair' x L. anceps 'Ultimo')

‘Gigas Flair’ parents are 'SVO Flair' x 'Gigas'. Both parents are diploid and were wild collected years ago.  For a diploid, ‘Gigas Flair is outstanding, the wide petals are to die for! ‘Ultimo’ is a 4n and needs little introduction; it was popularized by Cal-Orchid and sired many fine cultivars. This combination is designed for improved flower shape and color, with wide petals, dark colored flowers and a bit of darker flaring on the tips of the petals. Expect mature plants to produce 4 and possibly 5 flowers.
3” pots  $25

L. anceps 'Gigas Flair' L. anceps 'Ultimo'
Other Species Plants

SVO 9536     NEW    
(Aslla. gigantea 'SVO' x Aslla. gigantea 'Dark Warrior')

‘SVO’ has very large flowers produced on impressive branched inflorescences, the flowers are bright yellow with bold spots and a clear yellow lip. ‘Dark Warrior’ is a recent introduction to our breeding; it has massive flowers, wide segments and coalescing boldly colored spotting with a branching upright inflorescence. Top quality breeding!
3” pots  $25

Aslla. gigantea 'SVO' Aslla. gigantea 'Dark Warrior'

SVO 9537     NEW    
(Aslla. gigantea 'Nelspruit' x Aslla. gigantea 'Dark Warrior')

‘Nelspruit’ is also a new addition from Afri-Orchids noted breeding lines; it has an outstanding flower count, heavily branched inflorescences and flowers with nearly solid color, with just a little yellow showing through. Of special note is the dark color on the side of the lip, which is rare in Ansellias. Could ‘Nelspruit’ be the key to unlock and develop sold dark flower color? ‘Dark Warrior’ has massive flowers, wide segments and coalescing boldly colored spotting with a branching upright inflorescence. This pairing is targeting for nearly solid dark colored flowers, and lots of them!
3” pots  $25

Aslla. gigantea 'Nelspruit' Aslla. gigantea 'Dark Warrior'

 

 

 

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

Other Cattleyas
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