A mislabeled and mysterious coerulea mess

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I think I am careful with my plant labels and remember that I divided a Cattleya Bob Betts ‘White Lightning’, making a new label for the smaller of the divisions. It took several years for this plant to bloom, but when it did in December 2021, I had a shock.

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Not a Bob Betts, but a large coerulea flower with a malformed labellum! I had no idea what plant I might have mislabeled. I decided to grow it for one more year and it bloomed about 10 days ago: same flower.

I don’t mind throwing a genetic mistake away, but I sure wish I could remember what the cross might have been. I buy few complex Cattleyas and this isn’t a species, so I am thinking it might have been a primary hybrid. I don’t think it is solvable and I am tired of thinking about it and looking at the poor thing.

Good-bye mystery, into the bin with you.
 

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All of us have had this situation at one time or another. I've had my problems with Phrag crosses and throwing
away is hard for me. I keep hoping...you know the drill. My only consolation is adding to the compost and
perhaps adding essential soil ingredients in my landscape.
 

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Into the bin. Orchids Limited is currently selling coerulea mossiaes, Susanne Hye’s and C. princess’s…if I recall you’ve bloomed out a number of their seedlings. My money would be on C. princess, I see a lot of trianaei in this flower. We’ll never know, but it’s a fun game!
 
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Into the bin. Orchids Limited is currently selling coerulea mossiaes, Susanne Hye’s and C. princess’s…if I recall you’ve bloomed out a number of their seedlings. My money would be on C. princess, I see a lot of trianaei in this flower. We’ll never know, but it’s a fun game!
You know their catalog well! I actually have all of those, with original labels, so it can't be one of those. It would have been something that I bought at least 5 years ago, which makes it very dim in my mind.
 

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