This week’s Orchid of the Week is… Cym. Peter Dawson ‘Grenadier’
Parentage: This is a cross between Cym. Lunagrad × Cym. Solana Beach
The reason why it’s our Orchid of the Week:
Cym. Peter Dawson ‘Grenadier’ is our Orchid of the Week this week simply because I like this flower! A really soft green overlay with striking red lip markings make for a very attractive flower. If I could get my hands on this Cym. then I’d have it in my collection in a heartbeat!
I guess depending on the conditions, and the amount of light it receives, the flower could be yellowish, white or a soft green,
Registered by Geyserland in 1983, this is an old orchid now, and probably almost lost to cultivation given how quickly things move these days. However I have seen it on Facebook a couple of times in the last few years, so it is still out there! So far I think it still exists in New Zealand and the United States. Geyserland are renowned for some truly awesome Cymbidium orchid crosses over the years.
With some great genes in the background, Cym. Solana Beach, Cym. San Miguel, Cym. Atlantes, Cym Alexanderi and more there is plenty to like.
Interestingly it has been used as a parent in almost 20 registrations since it’s release. So there is obvious potential with it as a parent.
If anyone has one and is willing to part with a piece, then please let me know!
The image used above was sourced many years ago, but unfortunately I do not have any photo credits….
Looking back at the original species ancestors of this plant, using Orchid Roots, Cym. insigne, Cym. erythrostylum, Cym lowianum and Cym. hookerianum are the major contributors present in the distant background.