Angcm. sesquipedale ('Mount Zion' FCC/AOS x 'Star of Malagasy' FCC/AOS), nf1671
Commonly known as "Darwin's Orchid" when Darwin saw and commented on this flower at Kew Gardens in the 1880’s ! He developed a theory that there simply had to be a moth with a proboscis, or tongue, long enough to reach the end of the flower’s 14” nectary to allow for fertilization. Forty years later that moth was discovered and given the species name ‘praedicta’. Endemic to Madagascar, it is often called the “Star of Bethlehem” since it blooms in December producing massive waxy flowers which are beautifully fragrant at night. This species is an absolute must for every serious orchid species collection. Our client, Mr. Robert Bedard, informed us that he won a multitude of trophies for Best Commercial Culture, Best Commercial Botanical and Best Commercial First-Bloom Seedling at the 2005 Santa Cruz Orchid Society Spring Orchid Show in addition to winning the Blue Ribbon for the Best Botanical for this particular strain. Look for many quality awards from this new sibbing of two of the very best !