Friday, October 03, 2008

Mmmm Chocolate...

Cattleya Chocolate Drop 'Volcano Queen'. Ironic that people often name orchids after food, isn't it? Is it because they are both thoroughly delicious? Or are they just two things that catch our attention: beauty for the eye versus art for the palate? This is still one of the deepest, glossiest red Cattleyas around after many years. I don't know if you can eat it...probably so...but it is certainly "eye candy." Wow. The original cross was created by the Kodama's in Hawaii back in the 70's and is still being propagated and selling strong. The most famous cultivar was variety Kodama. The pictured cultivar was a sport off of a meristem of variety Kodama, possibly a tetraploid.

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