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We grow some of the very best Cattleya that you can find in the United States.  We produce hybrids and specialize in species improvement.  We breed them to create great varieties with high quality flower shapes. Check our Facebook page under the Olompali Orchids.  

Cattleya nobilior the noblest of the Cattleyas – Its history in Brazil and Japan

Nobody knows exactly what Reichenbach was thinking in 1883 in “Illustration Horticole” – book 30 – plate 485, when he described the Cattleya nobilior.  What we do know is that he described it as “the noblest” of the Cattleyas.  It would have been difficult for us not to believe his statement, since over time, that […]

Upcoming orchid shows – Come see us

We are looking forward to seeing you in 2012! Get your orders in now and we will bring your plants to the Sonoma County and San Francisco shows in February.

Cattleya aclandiae ‘Brownie’ X ‘Amazon Honeymoon’

size 3, which is not very far from flowering for this species.    The world-wide known orchid grower from Brazil Cesar Wenzel made this cross.  Normally the petals and sepals are green with brown spots and a wide purple lip.   In this crossing he paired an aclandiae that is almost all brown with a standard color […]

Laelia purpurata carnea

size 4 – A great Laelia purpurata carnea that has been in our collection for almost two decades.  We like its flower shape and color, plus its added benefit of carrying a great lineage of Laelia purpurata carnea coming from Brazil, more specifically from Dr. Geraldo Pato – a great commercial grower from the state […]

Laelia tenebrosa vinicolor ‘Eduardo’ X ‘Fumacina Fujita’

These are seedlings of the great “Fumacina Fujita” a proven parent crossed with vinicolor “Eduardo”, a cultivar of dark chocolate with a wine touch.  Hoping for the good and the unusual in this crossing.  Plants are size 3, but these will flower at size 3 1/2 – 4.  One of these turned out oculata.  some […]

Welcome to Olompali Orchids

Our passion for award quality orchid species and classy hybrids have guided what we make available to you, the type of orchid that we wish to have in our own collection.  The space it takes to grow an orchid with average flower shape is the same that it takes to grow an award quality one, […]

Laeliocattleya Tydea (Laelia pumila coerulea x Cattleya trianae coerulea)

Nowadays the correct nomenclature should be Cattleya pumila, but you know…This is a great little cross!  Plants are slightly bigger than Laelia pumila, but much smaller than Cattleya trianae.  They remind me a bit of a very old hybrid called Lc.  Cornelia coerulea.  There is something special about these flowers that have thus far confirmed […]