- Feb 1, 2019
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I'm having a disappointing year for my catts, in addition to blasting C. Bob Betts 'Lines' AM/AOS, I just saw that buds on C. trianae var. alba 'Broomhills' and Rlc. George King 'Serendipity' AM/AOS were also cooked at various stages of development. This plant is a bright spot in an otherwise frustrating year. Registered by Charlesworth in 1927, Lc. Cynthia is the cross C. Schroderae x C. Enid (1898). The parental Schroderae in this case is not the species, but confusingly a hybrid of the same name. The individual 'Model' is from the original grex, and was awarded its AM in 1933 and FCC in 1934. This is an original, virus-free division I obtained from Waldor, who acquired their mother plant from Vacherot & Lecoufle in France. It's blooming this year with seven 18.5cm flowers on two spikes, really quite spectacular. According to Waldor, a well-grown plant can carry 6 flowers per stem. It has a pleasing, if slightly lighter cattleya scent. The plant is an absolute beast, the leaves and pseudobulbs easily reach 55+ cm, but it's really worth the space to see it in bloom. It's certainly earning its keep in my eyes. They really don't breed them like this anymore, and for a nearly 100 year old plant it still has tremendous flower quality, with upright dorsals and overlapping segments, and it's vigorous and floriferous to boot. It was clearly bred to be a cut-flower, but these large, floriferous plants seem to have fallen out of fashion, hopefully, they will cycle back into fashion at some point!