|Bratonia Kauai's Choice|
In a change from my previous Orchid Show postings, I'd like to really focus in detail on the flowers I've photographed, and take a chance to learn more about where these beautiful orchids came from. I'll still put up the full gallery of photos from the Orchid Show on my Facebook page. Meanwhile, I will use the blog to learn about the orchids I've photographed.
So with no more ado, I present Bratonia Kauai's Choice.
|Parentage of Bratonia Kauai's Choice|
|Progenitors of Bratonia Kauai's Choice|
I looked up the geneaology of this orchid, and it was like diving into a rabbit hole. In total, 10 different orchids, including 5 unique species (labeled in green) were used in the making of this hybrid.
Interesting side note: Miltonia bluntii (lower case 'b') is a naturally occurring hybrid between M. clowesii and M. spectabilis. Meanwhile Miltonia Bluntii (upper case 'B') refers to the man-made cross between the two species registered in 1879.
Here are the original species that went into creating Bratonia Kauai's Choice.
|Species that went into making Bratonia Kauai's Choice|
Looking at the species which went into making Bratonia Kauai's Choice, it appears that the orchid gained purple coloration from its Miltonia ancestors, and the general flower shape of its two Brassia progenitors.
I really did not anticipate that Bratonia Kauai's Choice would end up being such a complex hybrid. Hopefully my next project will be a shorter undertaking.