Unmatched Oncidium Alliance Orchid

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by Colin Campbell

I have posted a photo of this lovely Oncidium Alliance orchid, under the name by which I purchased it, but which is not matched to the database. I wonder if someone could assist in identifying its proper name. Is it a new hybrid, or has the grex name been omitted? Thanking you for your assistance...


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  1. Robert H. Findlay
    3 months ago
    The Australian Orchid Nursery is advertising Burrageara Alkmaar for sale with a picture of a bloom nearly identical to the one you posted. https://www.australianorchids.com.au/products/burrageara-alkmaar-flowering-size-no-blooms-125mm-pot?variant=12245054095424 Maybe they can give you info on the cross? Alkmaar is a town in Holland (and the Netherlands does have Orchid breeders?). No hits in orchidroots.com other than the aforementioned Cymbidium.
  2. Lauren Hutchison
    3 months ago
    I have no idea what it is, though i did initially think the flower shape looked a bit like Laelia? But ive been in the hobby 3 months, so dont take my word on it. Either way its very beautiful!
  3. Alex Maximiano
    4 months ago
    I'm guessing something with Onc. noezlianum in the background, like Oncidopsis Edna. What name did they give you?
    1. Colin Campbell
      4 months ago
      Thanks, Alex. The name given to me was Burrageara Alkmaar.
      1. Alex Maximiano
        4 months ago
        There is a Cymbidium Alkmaar but the originator only hybridized cymbidiums so that does not give us a clue.
      2. Alex Maximiano
        4 months ago
        Burrageara = Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum x Oncidium. It cannot be a new registration since for years nobody has been able to register anything as burrageara. However, it is confirmed that it has Onc. noezlianum since that used to be Cochlioda noezliana. It probably also has Onc. leucochilum. Hmm... that's a tough one.
        1. Colin Campbell
          4 months ago
          Thanks again, Alex. That's great information. The correct naming of this orchid might have to remain a mystery... My thought was that it has Miltoniopsis in its background too: the flower shape, size and count are similar to a Nelly Isler. Perhaps, this is some form of Oncidopsis.
          1. Alex Maximiano
            4 months ago
            My best guess is that it is a cultivar of Oncostele Aloha Sparks. There is a photo on the web for a Burrageara Aloha Sparks 'Ruby Eyes' that is very similar. Aloha Sparks is a popular orchid and highly variable. Except that it was never called burrageara but instead it was once known as Vuylstekeara = Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum.

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