Lealiocatanthe Memoria Robert Reinke (3” pot seeding)
Second making of our own awarded “Schombo” hybrid. This sensational Marble Branch Farms cross is named in memory of the late father of co-owner Mark Reinke. The first to bloom was awarded at the Western NC Orchid Show in 2013 and we immediately re-made the cross with the same exact parents, Lnt. Dulatiaca ‘Deep South’ and Ctt. Easter Morning ‘MBF.’ We have already been selling some of these at shows and speaking engagements, but we finally have enough large enough to list online, though they are still 2 to 3 years from first flowering. This cross mixes three species, Gur. aurantiaca, L. undulata (formerly a Schomburgkia), Gur. skinneri ‘Carpenteria,’ FCC/AOS with Cattleya Ruth Geen ‘Diamond Jubilee,’ FCC/AOS. The resulting plants are bi-foliate, with very clean wide leaves that stay looking great as they age. The flowers are a glowing, iridescent purple, set off by pink ovaries and produced on strong spikes held just above the foliage. They are arranged nicely on the stem and have gently undulating segments courtesy of the Schomburgkia grandparent. The color is vibrant and we struggle to reproduce it exactly in a photograph, but will definitely turn heads in person. As seedlings there will be some, but we believe minimal variation from our example photograph. The bloom season for us has been late winter, but they last well for easily two months into spring. Now that our awarded plant from the original batch is mature, it is producing up to 13 blooms per cluster. This is also a robust grower, flowering when still fairly small, but up to about 18 inches tall when mature, so not an orchid for small spaces, but with show stopping specimen potential when fully mature. Mature plants will want perfect drainage like most large Cattleyas and our awarded plant is now in an 8 inch basket. More have just been potted up from cell trays and are coming along, but for now, our number of established seedlings is low, so limit one per customer at this time.
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