Catt percivaliana 'Peak Hope' - ('Summit' x self)

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This plant/flower is from one of probably several Cattleya percivaliana (‘Summit’ x self) crosses that were made in the last decade. I suspect most of us don’t know whether our plant was made with a documented division of the original plant or came from one of the mericlones that were made from ‘Summit’, a known polyploid plant. I gave a cultivar name of ‘Peak Hope’ to my plant because I knew that I would never get a true division of either ‘Summit’ or ‘Mendenhall Summit’ so this was the best I could hope for!
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My other percivaliana is ‘Alberts’, I think a known diploid, also blooming at this time and the two plants and flowers are substantially different. Here is ‘Alberts’.
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‘Peak Hope’ has very strong substance (befitting the polyploid status of ‘Summit’) and is rounder. The venous pattern is also prominent, which I don’t think I have seen in other pictures of ‘Summit’. The ‘Alberts’ flower has a larger natural horizontal width, lighter substance and color, a more open pattern, and the dorsal sepal reflexes backwards. The fragrance is also slightly different between the two flowers, but I can’t describe the difference.

There have been a few posts about Cattleya flowers with prominent venous patterns, but I am never sure whether I like it as much as smoother color. I need help about this.
 

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Terry, I'm a avowed lover of C. percivaliana due to its lovely purple inside of the lip. I like both of your flowers but as far as I can assess them by the photos 'Peak Hope' made my day. Flower shape, colouration and the shape more open lip tip the scales. Wonderful ! 👌 👌
 
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Congrats on the blooming.

It seems both flowers have very unusually small lips. The first one is likely a Summit selfing. The second doesn’t look like any Alberts I have flowered or seen (the lip on Alberts is larger and rounder, showing no windows around lower sepals). You sure it’s Alberts?
 
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Congrats on the blooming.

It seems both flowers have very unusually small lips. The first one is likely a Summit selfing. The second doesn’t look like any Alberts I have flowered or seen (the lip on Alberts is larger and rounder, showing no windows around lower sepals). You sure it’s Alberts?
I agree. I bought it in person years ago from Jerry Fischer at Orchids Limited and his provenance is usually very careful. Here is the link to their webpage about it. I don't see it clearly being a division instead of a mericlone.


Do you you think something cultural could be impacting the labellum configuration?

What about the prominent veins - cultural?
 

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I agree. I bought it in person years ago from Jerry Fischer at Orchids Limited and his provenance is usually very careful. Here is the link to their webpage about it. I don't see it clearly being a division instead of a mericlone.


Do you you think something cultural could be impacting the labellum configuration?

What about the prominent veins - cultural?
The OL listing is for a division of 'Alberts'.

Perhaps the labellum issues might be a cultural phenomenon in this two cases. I do notice small lips when the phosphate is low in the feed or low humidity.

Lets see next year's bloom if it repeats or corrects itself.
 
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The OL listing is for a division of 'Alberts'.

Perhaps the labellum issues might be a cultural phenomenon in this two cases. I do notice small lips when the phosphate is low in the feed or low humidity.

Lets see next year's bloom if it repeats or corrects itself.
For several reasons I don’t think it is nutritional, but I will wait one more year. I think I just don’t have the right genetics in the two plants and need to look for better percivaliana. Haven’t seen labellum problems on other Cattleyas.
 

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