Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion

Week 85: August 1, 2022

Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion

(Brassocattleya Binosa


Encyclia tampensis)


New candidate for this month is a Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion (Brassocattleya Binosa x Encyclia tampensis (Alba)).

Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion was originated and registered by Huan Bui Orchs. in 1986. Brassocattleya Binosa is the cross between Brassavola nodosa and Cattleya bicolor. This cross has only 3 species in the background: Cattleya bicolor, Brassavola nodosa and Encyclia tampensis. Although WCSP Kew recognized only Encyclia tampensis Lindl. 1913, alba form has been used in this particular cross.

Previous Awards:

There are 2 AOS awards for this cross, both of them in 2017 (AM and HCC).

There are 16 AOS awards for Brassocattleya Binosa, latest award on August 2009 for cultivar 'Claire' AM/AOS.

There are 33 AOS awards for Encyclia tampensis. The most recent award was for Encyclia tampensis (Alba) in June 2021, cultivar 'Fajen's Orchids' HCC/AOS 79 pts. You can find 12 AOS awards in OrchidPro on Encyclia tampensis (Alba).


The candidate plant has 65 flowers and 55 buds on 12 unstaked inflorescences up to 25 cm in height (some of them branched). Plant is 60 cm wide and 90 cm in height and growing on a stick.

Flower Measurements:

NS H - 7.3 cm; NS V - 7.3 cm;

Dorsal Sep. W - 1.0 cm; Dorsal Sep. L - 4.4 cm;

Petal W - 0.9 cm; Petals L - 4.0 cm;

Lat/Sepal W - 0.9 cm; Lat/Sepal L - 3.9 cm;

Lip/Pouch W - 2.0 cm; Lip/Pouch L - 3.5 cm.

Judges' Comments

Dave Off (Waldor Orchids, NJ)

I very much like this flower. The segment color and contrasting lip with speckles are very pleasing. Also, the branching stem habit is a great attribute and somewhat under looked in breeding.

Several small notes, the lip side lopes have an odd crisscross pattern and the plant blemishes are also a distraction.

If I was exhibiting this plant, I would try to make up my mind as to whether I wanted to show it for a cultural award (which I'd say might be a few years off, and the plant would need to be groomed better) or for flower quality (in which case I would sacrifice the strongest division and grow it on by itself to eliminate the eye from being drawn to the incongruencies). Due to the amount of blooms there are bound to be flowers that are not up to standard and would detract from the more dominant stems.

That being said, I could easily nominate this particular showing and would be a very high HCC and might be able to squeak an AM out of it. If it was shown with a single, strong, branched inflorescence, I would probably be a few points higher.

Dave Off

Kristen Mason (Accredited Judge, Cincinnati Judging Center)

Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion

Nicely flowered, large flowers with narrow segments. Nice lip markings on a bright white lip contrast nicely with the sepals and petals. Presentation is as expected from the cross. While confirmation is reasonable, I don't think it quite reaches the level of the parentage or the prior awards to this cross. For a quality award, I feel that it is a little out of range (I pointed at 72). For cultural consideration, we have a large, robust plant with some damage to a decent amount of the leaves - but not unexpected for this type of plant. When considering the large number of flowers relative to the size of the plant that both Binosa and tampensis demonstrate in their cultural awards, I feel that this lovely plant is not quite at the point of consideration for a cultural award. Thank you for sharing this beautiful plant.

Pamela Noll (Student Judge, Alamo Judging Center)

Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion

The beautiful apple green, stellate flowers are of pleasing form, well arranged on the inflorescences. Sepal and petal colors are clear and the magenta spots on white lips are eye-catching. I think this plant offers a good candidate for a quality award, flower measurements exceed those of the two previously awarded plants. A few aging, damaged leaves may reduce the chance of a cultural award. I wish I could see this plant in person to check for fragrance.


Pamela Noll

Deb Boersma (Student Judge, Great Lakes Judging Center)

Encyleyvola Hunaba Fashion

A nicely grown plant and very floriferous. The flowers form appears to be symmetrical, fairly flat and quite similar to that of the Bc. Binosa parent. The lip really stands out with the beautiful contrasting purple spots and nicely contrasts the green sepals and petals. The solid color of the sepals and petals is nice but I do like the awarded ‘Paul Carson’ cultivar with the petals having a flared overlay that really enhances the color of the flower. This plant is more floriferous than the other awarded plants in terms of total number of flowers and also the number of flowers per inflorescence. Flowers appear to be well arranged and displayed on the inflorescence and the flower size is substantially larger than the other two awarded cultivars.

Overall I think that I would nominate this plant for a quality award based on form, floriferousness and size and would point it at a low AM of 81-82.

In terms of a cultural award the blooms appear to be in good condition, not passed their prime. The plant is quite floriferous with 120 flowers and buds on 12 inflorescence, potential of 10 flowers per inflorescence. The plant is good size at 60 cm x 90 cm. In terms of the condition of the plant, it looks well grown and healthy. Close up pictures indicate some spotting on the leaves and perhaps that plant could have been a little better groomed. The one thing that holds me back from nominating the plant for a cultural award is the fact that the flowers are not presented all around the circumference of the plant.

Al Messina (Accredited Judge, Northeast Judging Center)

One hundred and ten flowers and buds nicely presented on a relatively clean, well grown plant.

Flowers nice but non-compelling for an award; should qualify for marginal CCM.

Note: See award #20093831, an alba tampensis with almost 3000 flowers and buds. Judges were compelled to award a minimal CCM of 80 points because of poor grooming of an otherwise certain CCE specimen. Exhibitors are urged to be sure that plants brought to judging be groomed, staked, etc, to be displayed well, particularly large plants, which might qualify for a cultural award.

Deb Bodei (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)

Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion (Brassocattleya Binosa x Encyclia tampensis)

The plant has a few bare areas and I see what could be scale or remnants of scale, so not considering for a cultural award since that cannot be confirmed or denied.

The plant is well flowered on one half of the plant and the flowers are certainly bright and cheery, consistent, in pristine condition and have nice coloring.

The number of flowers and size of flower/segments is not a significant factor and rather on par with prior awards. The two prior awarded plants each had something unique about them. The flares on 'Paul Carlson' are attractive and the influence of Bicolor on the tendency towards form of the tampensis on '#3' is also pleasing. Our candidate looks like the typical form of Binosa, but with a smaller lip. The color is also similar to a typical Binosa. I am not seeing anything special about the look of this flower as an improvement on the parents to justify a flower award.

I would not nominate this plant for an award on this flowering.

Thank you,


Mary Cash (Student Judge, Alamo Judging Center)

A mature plant with many flowers and buds. Nicely presented. Well maintained. Pleasant to the eye. Evidence of a small amount of leaf damage on the lower leaves. Compared to the awarded flowers in the AOS, this plant is bigger and displays many more flowers and buds. I would pull it for judging.

Sergey Skoropad (Associate Judge, Northeast Judging Center)

Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion.

I really like these flowers!

Compare to awarded, I found flowers of our candidate are more balanced in terms of color and shape. Flowers of awarded clone ‘#3’ received 78 pts HCC looks more like Encyclia tampensis and with just 5 flowers and NS 5 cm can’t be compared with our candidate!

Our candidate has 65 flowers and 55 buds on 12 inflorescences (10 flowers and buds per inflorescence in average), some inflorescences have much more flowers and buds than 10. Additionally, branched inflorescences show that this particular plant has exactly what we should expect from cross between Brassocattleya Binosa and Encyclia tampensis.

Although, size of the lip is smaller than Bc. Binosa I found contrast between clear lime green sepals and petals and deep purple markings on a lip is very attractive. And size of the lip (and flower overall) is significantly larger than two awarded clones.

With that said, I see no problem in nominating this plant for flower quality award and will score it as low AM.

Regarding the cultural award I believe that plant is not there yet. Definitely will be there in the nearest future!



Joseph Maciaszek (Accredited Judge, Northeast Judging Center)

The candidate plant Encyleyvola Hunabu Fashion is a well grown plant on wood mount. The flowers of the candidate plant are most similar to the ‘Paul Carlson’ 84 point AM clone. The candidate flowers are bigger in natural spread and length of all of the segments but the width of the segments are similar. This causes the flower segments to look not as full as the ‘Paul Carlson’. I like the nice clean lime green segments contrasted by the white lip heavily spotted purple.

The candidate flower form seem not as flat as the awarded clones but the inflorescences are more floriferous. The plant is averaging 10 flowers per inflorescences which is above the awarded clones. The flowers are also well presented mostly above foliage.

I would nominate the candidate plant for a flower quality award and would score it 84-85.

The condition of the plant and number of growths on the mount indicates a plant that has been grown well for many years. While the parent plants and grandparents can grow the very large plants for cultural awards I believe this should also be recognized for a cultural award. I would score this plant a low CCM of 81-82

Exhibitor - Will Riley, FL (Accredited Judge, West Palm Beach Judging Center)

Virtual Award Description

Sixty-five, well-arranged, stellate flowers and 55 buds on 12 unstaked inflorescences up to 12 cm, some inflorescences branched: sepals and petals lanceolate, slightly reflexed apically, lime green; lip trilobed, white, overlaid magenta blotches arranged in a linear pattern, side lobes cover column, flared open apically, midlobe ovate; column yellow; anther cap horseshoe-shape, dark magenta; substance firm; texture satiny.

Grower's Advice

This is an easy group to grow.

Light: the brightest possible.

Air Movement: good

Humidity: mid-level

Water: weekly

Fertilizer: weak (weekly)

Mounting: we have the best success growing plants mounted on sticks.