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[ Orchid (Cymbidium Beautiful Parish) | Posted on February 18, 2018 ]

Despite being registered as Spring Beauty X Cym. parishii, the original cross made by hybridiser Andy Easton used Sander's Cymbidium (Cymbidium sanderae) (formerly Cym. parishii 'Sanderae' and its tetraploid version, 'Emma Menninger').

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Bakersfield 'New Horizon') | Posted on February 18, 2018 ]

This is a known tetraploid (4N) and also an alba carrier.

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Hypnotic Eye 'Bay Breeze') | Posted on February 15, 2018 ]

This particular clone was the result of the cross of Fair Stewart X Tom Petty, the inverse of the registered cross. The hybridiser (Andy Easton) made it both ways.

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Pauwelsii 'New Horizon') | Posted on February 15, 2018 ]

This particular selection is a tetraploid alba, produced from crossing either the alba form of Splendid Cymbidium (Cymbidium insigne) (or an alba-carrying insigne) with Orchid (Cymbidium lowianum 'Concolor') and treating to induce tetraploidy.

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Elfin 'New Horizon') | Posted on February 15, 2018 ]

This particular tetraploid selection is an alba-carrier produced from the cross of Orchid (Cymbidium sanderae 'Emma Menninger') with Orchid (Cymbidium Pauwelsii 'New Horizon') (an alba).

[ Golden Leaf-Edge Orchid (Cymbidium floribundum) | Posted on February 14, 2018 ]

This species, to my knowledge, has no genetic alba form. There are two colour forms, though - the regularly coloured form and a plain green form (often called "var. album"). The latter is favoured in breeding due to the regular form "muddying" colours in its offspring.

There is something rather unusual about this species and its effect on alba genetics in hybridising. Andy Easton of NHO has noted through his work with Cymbidiums that if this species is crossed with an alba, the F2 generation does not obey the expected Mendelian ratios (i.e. 25% albas) when crossed to another genetic alba - instead the count of resulting alba seedlings is incredibly low. Ratios return to normal in the F3 generation, however.

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Bone China) | Posted on February 14, 2018 ]

This cross was made by Andy Easton of New Horizon Orchids (NHO) and hundreds of seedlings were grown out by an acquaintenance of his (Bert Ruiter). Normally one would expect 25% to be genetic albas, as the Falling Passion used was an alba and the Minuet used was an alba carrier (Cym. floribundum var. album, which is not a genetic alba but just a plain green form, X an alba form of Cym. insigne).

However, only one of the seedlings turned out to be an alba. This deviation from Mendelian ratios has also been observed in the F2 generation of other crosses conducted by NHO involving Golden Leaf-Edge Orchid (Cymbidium floribundum). An explanation has yet to be determined.

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Sukhothai 'Pakkret') | Posted on February 10, 2018 ]

This is a heat-tolerant hybrid that is not recommended for "cool" climates, such as my own (Victoria, Australia). I have struggled to grow it here and an acquaintance in NSW reports it grows slowly for him. My guess would be that Queensland would be a better home for it (in Australia, at least).

[ Iris-Like Cymbidium (Cymbidium iridioides) | Posted on February 10, 2018 ]

This species is not commonly seen in cultivation in Australia and unfortunately the hybrid Orchid (Cymbidium Bennett-Poei) is often mislabelled as this species. It suffers similar foliage issues to Tracy's Cymbidium (Cymbidium tracyanum), requiring good quality water to prevent leaf spotting and tip dieback.

[ Day's Cymbidium (Cymbidium dayanum) | Posted on February 10, 2018 ]

There are at least two different colour forms of this species; one being bicoloured (the regular form) and the other being a solid red (sometimes sold as "var. angustifolium" or just Cym. dayanum "Red"). Anecdotal reports suggest the blooms of the red form last longer and may be a stronger plant than the more common bicoloured form.

[ Orchid (Cattlianthe Kool Treat) | Posted on January 31, 2018 ]

This is the cross of Orchid (Cattleya Koolau Seagulls) X Orchid (Cattlianthe Golden Treat)

[ Orchid (Cymbidium William Pettersson 'Sarita') | Posted on January 30, 2018 ]

This particular non-alba selection from the grex was named after the hybridiser's niece. It is a known tetraploid and is reported to cut well (i.e. good for cut flowers).

[ Orchid (Oncidopsis Bartley Schwarz (Staal)) | Posted on January 26, 2018 ]

This is one of three grexes registered in the Oncidium Alliance with the same name. Two of them have now been reassigned into Oncidopsis, causing the RHS to append the hybridiser's name to the grex.

The parentage for this particular grex is Miltoniopsis Hamburg X Orchid (Oncidium cariniferum).

[ Orchid (Oncidopsis Bartley Schwarz (Beall)) | Posted on January 26, 2018 ]

This is one of three grexes registered in the Oncidium Alliance with the same name. Two of them have now been reassigned into Oncidopsis, causing the RHS to append the hybridiser's name to the grex.

The parentage for this particular grex is Oncidopsis Red Pali X Oncidium Honolulu.

[ Orchid (Aliceara Clownish 'Cotton Candy') | Posted on January 24, 2018 ]

Parentage is Orchid (Bratonia Charles M. Fitch) X Orchid (Oncidium Solana)

[ Orchid (Cymbidium On The Beach) | Posted on January 21, 2018 ]

This grex is registered as 'On The Beach' with a capital "T" in "The".

[ Orchid (Claudehamiltonara Hidden Gold) | Posted on January 17, 2018 ]

This is a cross of Orchid (Guaritonia Why Not) and Orchid (Brassocattleya Richard Mueller).

[ Orchid (Epicatanthe Butterfly Kisses 'Mendenhall') | Posted on January 16, 2018 ]

This is a hybrid of Orchid (Cattlianthe Trick or Treat) and .

[ Orchid (Cymbidium roseum) | Posted on January 10, 2018 ]

The status of this species is disputed by some; hybridiser Andy Easton regards it as a natural hybrid due to its variability and suspects it has Ivory-Colored Cymbidium (Cymbidium eburneum) in its ancestry.

The RHS additionally lists this as a hybrid of unknown origin, registered in 1915 by Sanders. KEW's WCSP lists it as an accepted species, discovered in 1905.

[ Orchid (Cymbidium Ballianum) | Posted on January 9, 2018 ]

This is the man-made version of the natural hybrid Orchid (Cymbidium x ballianum). It was registered in 1904.

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