Monday, October 18, 2010

Cattleya Daffodil

Cattleya Daffodil - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Daffodil is quite popular around here. It is a classic, registered in 1907. All the blooms will be open at once and on a specimen plant, the display can be quite striking. This one just opened the first spike and the second spike will open later in the week.

6 comments:

  1. Is this Bc. Daffodil, with B. glauca and C. aurantiaca parents? It sure has the glauca shaped lip. Apparently, there's also a Blc. Daffodil, which is why I ask.

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  2. The choices are Rhyncanthe daffodil, Cattleya Daffodil and Rhyncholaeliocattleya Daffodil. I have this labeled incorrectly, it is Rhyncanthe daffodil (Rhyncholaelia glauca x Guarianthe aurantiaca) registered by Fennell in 1949. It has to be, the others could not look like this. Thanks for getting me to look further into the RHS database.

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  4. The names change faster than I can keep up with them. Gives the taxonomists something to do, I suppose. I tend to forget about the Guarianthe and Rhyncolaelia name changes. Still, I'm not about to spend my time changing old tags. Anyway, thanks for the clarification.

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  5. "Gives the taxonomists something to do, I suppose."

    Sometimes the changes make sense, sometimes not, and there seems to be at least two groups of them arguing about it.

    In this case, saying Rhyncanthe will have no meaning to a large number of people and I have not seen aurantiaca sold as anything but Cattleya.

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  6. "... I have not seen aurantiaca sold as anything but Cattleya."

    Neither have I. While Rhyncolaelia has been used now for years, and I've seen both digbyana and glauca sold as such, mine still have the old Brassavola tags. Either way, everybody knows what they are.

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