Trevor Yee (Accredited Judge, AOC, Australia)
The flower is more reminiscent of C. pumila with the tubular shaped labellum, while C. labiata has certainly filled it out. However, each of the 3 flowers is not consistent with petals falling forward, and the dorsal of one flower virtually horizontal. The benchmark for exhibition type cattleyas is very high with advance breeding - so does this primary hybrid stack up to our modern day awarded cattleyas.
Colour is clear and unblemished - so no issues with this aspect.
The dorsal of one flower shows slight evidence of desiccation (based on photo evidence). This would naturally remove some points for substance & texture.
Habit and arrangement are typical, and the flowers are supported and arranged well without staking.
Overall, the shape in my opinion has let it down - so I don't feel it's awardable on this flowering.
Deb Boersma (Student Judge, Great Lakes Judging Center)
This is a stunning, white flower with good form, a beautiful ruffled, tubular lip with the contrasting yellow throat. I love the white colour of this flower, it is simple yet elegant.
The form of the flower is full, flat and round, there is some windowing between the dorsal sepal and the petals, the dorsal is erect, overall form looks good. However, I have an issue with the dorsal sepal on one flower being totally folded forward. The form does not appear to be consistent from one flower to the next. This flower is larger than the ‘Ginza White’ that was awarded in Japan however the petal width is narrower resulting in the windowing. It has the same number of flowers as ‘Ginza White’ and the flowers are nicely presented on the inflorescence.
I would love to nominate this flower for a quality award but I am holding back because of the dorsal sepal on the one flower. If all flowers had an erect dorsal sepal I would score this at a high HCC.
I would not nominate this for a quality award.
Wesley Higgins (Accredited Judge, Florida North Central Judging Center)
The position of the dorsal sepals is interesting showing how it moves during opening. The flower size is similar to the previous Cattleya Cornelia (Nullified).
This flower is not as flat as the nullified award but the white form is intriguing. The petals are wider and better shaped than the nullified flower. I would nominate it but not score above an HCC.
William Bottoms (Student Judge, Carolinas Judging Center)
Cattleya Cornelia (1893)
There are lots of things to commend about this flower not the least of which is the clear and clean white of the petals and sepals. I find the yellow in the throat charming as well. The flower size seems to be about in line with the other JOGA awards, though the petals might be a bit narrow. The first flower photo seems to be the best of the three, though all flowers exhibit some symmetry issues specifically in the petals. The ruffling on the petals is irregular across the three flowers. The flowers also don’t appear to be as flat as I would like them to be.
When taking my impressions into consideration, I think I would end up somewhere in the mid to high HCC range.
Carrie Buchman (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Cattleya Cornelia (1893) 'Ginza White' BM/JOGA
A stately white Cattleya that is a nice size compared to the two parents shown on the website. It is even larger than the JOGA award. I am more used to the lavender/purple version of this cross, and have ‘Asian Cutie’ from Suwada Orchids in my collection. The sepals on the candidate reflex apically although the JOGA picture provided by Suwada Orchids does not share this trait. Is there a culture or environment factor at play here? The column is fully enclosed with the golden glow in the basal lip peeking out; the JOGA picture has a more pronounced and darker gold in the basal lip. I would prefer the petals to more fully cover the base of the dorsal sepal they do in the JOGA picture.
What I see in the candidate is a lot of potential, but the JOGA award picture for this clone is a superior flower. There is also a picture in OrchidWiz from Fred Clarke of this clone that does display mildly reflexed sepals and the petal gap though it is identified in OrchidWiz as C. Cornelia (1954).
So what do for this plant? The JOGA awarded flower has superior form and color, but the candidate is attractive in its own right and not yet recognized by the AOS. I am conflicted and have concluded that given the candidate plant does not meet the JOGO photo potential I would pass on this plant.
Mark Werther (Accredited Judge, Mid-Atlantic Judging Center)
C. Cornelia 'Ginza White' BM/JOGA
Getting a good hybrid white from pumila deserves credit. Although the central flower is not quite as full as the Ginza Award, I like its form even with slight fenestration at the dorsal. Natural spreads of flower and size of petals are superior. The stance of the flowers is pleasant with better position on the lateral sepals. There is a bit of a rub from the third flower as it appears to still be opening. From percentage basis this means that 67% of the flowers are capable of being judged. Typical of judging timing; often a flowering is not quite ready and in this case holding the inflorescence for a week would have solved the problem.
We are supposed to judge based on what it is, not what it will be.
I then took a good look at the opening flower and saw no deformities. So two stances could be assumed:
1. One excellent superior flower, one good flower mid-range, and one non-judgeable flower. No award.
2. Orchids are subjective entities, not perfect and some lenience can be shown as long as there are no physical detracting deformities or damages and as long as the general quality is advancing. Low AM, some points detracted for all flowers not fully open.
As judges, our purpose is to recognize beauty and encourage exhibition - these are factors that can outweigh a single negative. My preferred choice is the award.
Deb Bodei (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Cattleya Cornelia ‘Ginza White’ BM/JOGA (C. labiata x C. pumila)
I grow this remade cross from Munekazu, but mine bloomed over the summer and resembled the candidate except for some extra tissue on one of the lips of the three blooms (tetraploid?).
First impressions are that it is a lot of plant for three flowers. I observed the same of my own plant. I am not sure of the intention of the hybridizer, but I do not see this cross competing with the elegance of a large classic Cattleya, yet it is not compact enough to be small to midsize either. I am left feeling like the flowers need to be an inch higher above the foliage for better presentation. I also grow C. Final Image from Suwada which includes more of the large flowering species in the parentage and I have high hopes for that one. I have seen this cross used as a parent for other Suwada crosses like Rlc. Tahitian Dancer that seem very promising.
I think pumila brings a great substance to labiata in this cross and I do like the rich, opaque diamond white color of this flower. The form has a few problems for me which leaves me without a wow factor. The dorsal, although upright seems too large for the flower, the petals are thrown forward and give a droopy appearance to the flower. The form of the lip is good.
The award I am looking for would be a flower award, and I would have to pass on this plant on this flowering.