Donna Ballard (Associate Judge, Pacific South Judging Center)
After reviewing the data for the parents of this plant here is my conclusion.
I would not recommend this plant for judging or awarding at this time. The parents in this plants background are comparable in size and the shape is very nice but lacks the floriferousness I would expect from its type and breeding, especially from a C. Chocolate Drop hybrid. This is still a very young plant and has great potential in the future, but I would screen it and ask the grower to bring it back in a few years time when it has matured.
Kristen Mason (Accredited Judge, Cincinnati Judging Center)
I like the flush of yellow at the base of the sepals and petals, the saturation of color in the flowers, the subtle difference between the orange of the sepals and the redder petals and lip. The color, shape, markings and consistency of the lip is beautiful and really adds to the flower as does the difference in texture between the lip and the rest of the flower. Flowers are cupped, flower count is flow and strongly favors the Buraan Angel. The size is small for the parents. Presentation is OK, but not as good as either of the parents. Dorsal sepals are not consistent especially when compared to the parent. Initially I felt like it would be close to an award, but would pass, but when I actually pointed it out, I ended up at 76 points, so just below or at a low HCC.
Al Messina (Accredited Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Four colorful, pretty, slightly cupped flowers on one erect staked inflorescence, an additional immature inflorescence; flowers smaller than geometric mean of parents; low flower count similar to Rhyncattleanthe Burana Angel while relatively open form of Cattlianthe Chocolate Drop parent dominates. Overal not an improvement over the parents yet a nice pot plant to grow. I would not award it on this bloom. Perhaps on future flowering it could be reconsidered.
Deb Boersma (Student Judge, Great Lakes Judging Center)
Rhyncattleanthe (Rth.) Ines M Quiles
This is a stunning flower with vibrant saturated colours and good form. It appears to have inherited positive traits of both parents, the wide petals from the Burana Angel and the deep saturated colour from the Chocolate Drop. The form looks good, the wide petals give the flower a full, round appearance and it is relatively flat. I like the slight yellow colouration at the base of the petals and the pattern on the lip. It is difficult to observe from a photo but it looks as though it has firm substance and a waxy texture. The flowers arrangement on the inflorescence seems a little bunched up and crowded. The geometric mean of the parents is 6.1 flowers and a natural spread pf 6.7 cm, these flowers are a little smaller than the mean and a little low in terms of flower count. I would nominate this plant for a quality award and give it a HCC 77-78, if there were more flowers with a larger natural spread I would have scored a low AM.
Tom Mirenda (Accredited Judge, Hawaii Judging Center)
This is a very fine hybrid with excellent color, texture and reasonably good, if a bit inconsistent form Chocolate Drop often imports a glossy sheen to its hybrids such as Cherry Suisse and many others.
This hybrid has it as well, a quality I find very attractive. This particular plant, having previously bloomed on 3 or 4 earlier growths.
Allows us to observe a few things that may be less than optimal however
1. While the flowers are proportionally of good size, I might expect a few more flowers per inflorescence than are here on this rather mature plant
2. A larger plant would also be expected to have multiple leads and therefore more than one inflorescence at a time. I don’t see much evidence that a floriferous specimen plant could be grown based on this blooming
3. The flower form is inconsistent particularly flower on upper left with a rolled dorsal sepal. While this might be overlooked if there were 8 flowers on an inflorescence, it’s hard to ignore it when there are only 4
All this being said, the flowers are vibrant, reasonably large and very attractive. If scored, I could easily see it get an HCC of 77 or 78 points
David Edgley (Accredited Judge, Western Canada Judging Center)
Photos 3 and 4 (taken in natural light) show a bright and pleasantly-colored flower. The form and proportions are nice as well. This flower has form improved over Chocolate Drop and color from Burana Angel. Its weak points are low flower count and a weak stem that requires staking. It looks like it still has some growing to do before full potential is reached. On this flowering, I could award it HCC/AOS.
Deborah Bodei (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Rhyncattleanthe Ines M. Quiles
Our candidate plant is well grown and compact. Form is good with Rth. Burana Angel bringing wider petals without any notching and an interesting lip shape to make the flower look different from Ctt. Chocolate Drop and its many awards. I don’t care for the stance of the lower sepals and find them to be a bit too splayed. However, the lip seems to fill in the gap ok.
Color is nice with Burana bringing in a warmer red color. The lip color is interesting with the yellow throat and red veining from Burana (intermedia in the background).
Overall size and segments are somewhere in between the two parents which is expected. Heavier substance and glossy texture are brought by Chocolate Drop and is good.
Four flower count is nice, but one would expect more from the Chocolate Drop parent. In fact, the top view is showing what looks to be a blasted and dried bud which would have been a fifth flower to fill in the top part of the inflorescence nicely. More than one inflorescence would be nice on this size plant.
I think the plant is capable of more and not sure if this bloom is its best. I could nominate it for a flower award and expect a score low to mid HCC.
Sergey Skoropad (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)
Rhyncattleanthe Ines M. Quiles.
Four richly colored flowers on one upright inflorescence born on a medium size plant!
Very interesting hybrid combining two important parents: Cattlianthe Chocolate Drop produced high number of very waxy flowers and Rhyncattleanthe Burana Angel produced nice full deep red flowers.
I found that flowers on our candidate took the best from their parents: deep red color and nice shape.
Flowers are slightly cupped but I don’t think this’s a problem. All crosses with Guarianthe aurantiaca in the background usually have cupped flowers with narrow petals. I think this cross is a step up in the breeding.
However, I believe this cross could produce more flowers per inflorescence (4 flowers probably is the low number for this cross).
Also, I noticed slight inconsistency from flower to flower.
I believe these flowers are scoreable and I would nominate this plant for the flower quality award and score 77-78 pts HCC