Now every so often we are just perplexed and somewhat confused as to what we can do with certain plants in difficult situations. This plant came to the table earlier today as an unregistered hybrid of Lueddemanniana striata X Acineta superba.
Very little information on the Lueddemanniana parent was available. There was an image in Orchid Wiz showing a fleshy, pendant inflorescence of cupped golden yellow flowers with fine red spots or speckles. No vegetative information was available in either the AOS or Orchid Wiz programs. The best we could do was to count the number of flowers in the ONE reference image shown, 32. No description, no flowers size, no leaf or bulb size. We estimated that maybe these flowers were like a centimeter in size. No one on my team knew it or grew the species but we figured with larger 1" or 2" flowers, it would be more widely grown! So we reasoned that this was a unfamiliar species from Ecuador/Ecuagenera with smallish flowers.
The other parent, the Acineta had a few awards with photographs. These flowers were yellow with darker cherry red at the base of the lip with faint red striping. Their shape could be described as tulip like, wooden shoe like, similar to an Anguloa.
But what we were seeing did not add up. It had bulbs more like a Acineta and inflorescences like a Stanhopea. The flower count was about 17 per on 2 inflorescences. Flower size was around 7.5 centimeters, a little smaller then the Acineta parent.
You can see from my images that the flowers were kind of orange yellow with lots of speckles and spots with darker red/purple on the lip basally. They were of an open, starry shape.
We all were in agreement that we had doubts that this was the correct parentage. ( I was leaning towards a Stanhopea by an Acineta) We didn't see where this times this yielded that. The Lueddemanniana parent seemed completely lost in the background except that there were more flowers then a typical Acineta. We loved the color, the size and presentation but we had no idea what it really was.
We decided to pass on it and recommended that the owner send images and contact the grower/ hybridizer seeking additional information.
NOW we had another option. We could have awarded it as an unregistered hybrid, which it was, but then what. It would be Provisional until it was identified. BUT could an accurate ID be obtained??
This is to say that even as judges, we get stumped every once in a while!!
But those flowers were pretty.