Orchid Society

Monthly Meeting - Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids

  • 14 Aug 2012
  • 7:30 PM
  • Arlington Seniors Center, 27 Maple St, Arlington, MA
Monthly meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

Fred Clarke, owner of Sunset Valley Orchids, will speak on “New Hybrids with Catasetum, Cycnoches and Mormodes.”  

Catasetum, Cycnoches  and Mormodes are three related genera from the Tribe Cymbidieae. Individually, each has been considered an orchid oddity, or “botanical,” of interest mainly to the seriously addicted enthusiast. These plants have a brief deciduous period in winter, when the plants need a definite dry rest period bordering on neglect. 

These robust orchids are native to lowland tropical forests in Central and South America and are usually grown in warm or intermediate conditions.  

Commercially, Catasetum, Cycnoches (or ‘Swan’ orchids) and Mormodes (or ‘Goblin’ orchids) have occupied a small market niche on the edge of a sea of CymbidiumsCattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, and so on. Until recently, they have not attracted much attention from hybridizers, but in the past several years some spectacular hybrids have been produced, receiving great acclaim and an increasingly large collection of awards from the American Orchid Society. 
This talk will feature some of the new hybrids and breakthroughs in the hybridization of Catasetum, Cycnoches, and Mormodes

Fred is offering a 10% discount for pre-orders with free shipping. Go to Sunset Valley Orchids to place your order.

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