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The Naples Orchid Society’s mission is to promote the appreciation and cultivation of orchids as a hobby and to help preserve the wild orchids indigenous to Southwest Florida through research and education.
June 4, 2015 Mthly Mtg Special Hybrid and Special Species Award
The Naples Orchid Society’s monthly meeting was held June 4th. The best hybrid and the best species orchids were given gold ribbons. The special hybrid award was given to Lc. Canhamiana Var. Coerulea ‘Azure skies’ owned by Lola Moncsko. The best species award was given to Ency. Tampensis owned by Elaine Gates.
An Orchid Vignette – A Leopard and Its Rustic Spots Contributed by Dick Pippen
I like spotted orchids. Brassolaelia Richard Mueller, a cross between B. nodosa and L. milleri, has produced many, many spotted offspring. Here are a couple of nice ones.
Blc. Rustic Spots (photos 1 & 2) is a cross between Bl. Richard Mueller and C. Landate. Both parents are also spotted. This plant was created by H&R Nurseries of Hawaii and registered by them in 2000. So far it has garnered ten AOS awards, six HCCs and four AMs. It has also been used as a parent in three crosses. This is a compact plant, about ten inches tall. It blooms about three times a year (December-January, June, and maybe again in October). The spikes produce several three inch flowers and the plant continues to bloom for about two months or longer, so it seems like it is always in bloom.
As with most Bl. Richard Mueller offspring, the flower colors change from a coppery-red to yellow as they age (I refuse to say that they “fade,” rather they “change colors). (Photo 2) The flowers have a slight daytime fragrance.
Blc. Hawaiian Leopard (Photo 3) is a cross between Bl. Richard Mueller and Blc. Waianae Leopard. Both of these parents are spotted, so Hawaiian Leopard has no choice but to be spotted! This grex was also created by H&R Nurseries of Hawaii and registered by them in 2002. It has received two AOS awards, and it has had the pleasure of being a parent in one cross.
This plant is similar in size and flowering habit to Blc. Rustic Spots (which is surprising since Blc. Waianae Leopard is quite a large plant). The flowers lack the coppery color of Rustic spots, instead are start out as a chartreuse-yellow and change to a yellow shade as they “mature.” The spots appear to be “smeared” on the sepals and petals and the lip is more densly spotted giving it a fuchsia-color. The flowers also have a light fragrance. I grow both of these plants in a west-facing pool cage, in clay pots, in a mixture of lava rock, charcoal and Hydroton. I fertilize weakly about once a week.
As expected, the names have changed–Blc. Rustic Spots is now Bc. (Brassocattleya) Rustic Spots and Blc. Hawaiian Leopard is now Rbl. (Rhynchobrassoleya) Hawaiian Leopard. I like them regardless of their name.