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Orchid of the Week

This week’s Orchid of the Week is… Cym. Photharam Stardust

Orchid of the Week - Cymbidium Photharam Stardust
Orchid of the Week – Cymbidium Photharam Stardust

Parentage: This weeks Orchid of the Week is a cross between Cym. Golden Elf × Cym. seidenfadenii

Registered: 2016

The reason why it’s our Orchid of the Week:

This week’s Orchid of the Week is something a little different from Pak Kret Floriculture in Thailand. Pak Kret specialise in heat tolerant Cymbidiums and other species of Orchid and have been very active of late with numerous registrations, having created some very nice miniature Cyms with upright spikes.

Cym. Photharam Stardust is a lovely miniature yellow with a wonderfully decorative lip. This style of plant is ideal for the modern hobbyist with little space as it is a compact plant with thin foliage and upright spikes.

Cym. Golden Elf is now getting on in age, registered in 1978, but has been used over 100 times as a parent with progeny such as Cym. Kusuda Shining and Cym. Devon Elf. So it is a tried and true parent. Cym. seidenfadenii was recently split out of the Cym. insigne species group and is a lovely species plant that has been used more for breeding of late.

The above image was taken from Pak Kret, and their Facebook page is here to see what they produce.

Looking back at the original species ancestors of this plant, using Orchid Roots, Cym. seidenfadenii and Cym. ensifolium are the major contributors present in the distant background with a little of some others thrown in too.

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