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Cattleya Bob Betts ‘white lightening’

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terryros

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I agree. I’m sure that what we all have are mericlones and maybe even mericlones of mericlones.
What surprises me is just how good this mericlone is, even after 70 years. Maybe there is some reduction in quality but as we don’t know what the original looks like, how do we know?
Its still a pretty good cattleya. If the original was better, it must have been quite a plant.
plus this one is even one of the awarded ones!
maybe it was one of the most vigorous ones that grew well and was easy and quick propagate
David, I have not been able to find 'White Lightning' as an AOS awarded cultivar. Perhaps it is RHS awarded.
 

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Terry,
I am not sure that this clone was ever awarded. So many of this grex were of such high standard that it was felt that enough is enough after 66 AOS awards and they gave up.
Maybe this is the one that has stood the test of time as regards vigour, growability and ease of mericloning and so is the one that is most often offered.
As a proof of the vigour, I’ve just measured the biggest leaf. It’s about 13 inches long and just under 4 inches wide at the widest point.
It’s huge.
Twice the area of the ones currently producing blooms.
Not bad for a clone that is probably over 70 years old.
David
 

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The Bob Betts grex has 66 AOS awarded cultivars, including 2 FCCs, mostly in the 50s and 60s, the most awarded of any of Bow Bells progeny. White Lightning is not one of them .
 

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FYI, A flower/plant with a clonal name doesn't mean it has been awarded by AOS or RHS. David has never indicated it is an awarded plant/flower by AOS or RHS. You can give your plant a clonal name if you think it is desirable...there is no rule against that.
 

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FYI, A flower/plant with a clonal name doesn't mean it has been awarded by AOS or RHS. David has never indicated it is an awarded plant/flower by AOS or RHS. You can give your plant a clonal name if you think it is desirable...there is no rule against that.
Hi Tom, I think David probably hit the nail on the head. There were so many great whites in the day, they could not all be judged. C. Bow Bells ‘Honolulu’, which I understand to be the pod parent of the 1950 Bob Betts cross, was never judged. Best, Kate
 

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