Thursday, February 12, 2009

Collectable backbulb comes my way

Lc Molly Tyler FCC/AOSGuarisophleya Molly Tyler FCC/AOS (awarded 1937)
Seed Parent
Sophranthe Mrs. W. N. Elkins

Pollen Parent
Cattleya Leda

Registrant - Dixon 1930

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Sophranthe Mrs. W. N. Elkins
Seed Parent
Guarianthe bowringiana

Pollen Parent
Sophronitis purpurata

Registrant - Dixon 1922

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Cattleya Leda
Seed Parent
Cattleya dowiana

Pollen Parent
Cattleya percivaliana

Registrant - Maron 1900
is a very beautiful orchid.
It has a lovely purple flower with a red lip. Here is a picture of Lc Molly Tyler FCC/AOS.

Lc Molly Tyler is an old cross between a Laelia and three Cattleyas registered in 1930. (Two of these have been re-classified; the new names are used on the right). This is not a rare orchid by any means. While other of the early crosses have largely disappeared, Molly Tyler remains popular.

This week I was helping a friend repot and Molly Tyler was one of hers. It had eight pseudobulbs and has been a reliable bloomer, but had grown right up to the edge of the pot. I took it out, opened up the roots and removed the oldest two pseudobulbs. I put it back in the same pot with the lead toward the center. I got to keep the backbulbs.

There are no live roots but considering their age are in good enough shape. And, as I said, the plant as a whole was growing well. These should sprout soon. I'll keep you posted.

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