Registered by Brother Orchid Nursery in 1983, Phal. Fortune Buddha has been the Phal. Liu Tuen-Shen hybrid that has produced the most visible results to date. A high number of good cultivars are available. The `KHS#3′, `Tinny’ and `B#101′ cultivars, among others, have been meristemmed in Taiwan and are widely available. At least three cultivars, (‘Rosie Posie’, ‘East Bay’ and ‘Brennan’s Orchids’) have received AOS awards. The good clones of P. Fortune Buddha are used in breeding because of a deep yellow base colour heavily overlaid with red markings, large size and very round petals. However, even the best clones have a longish inflorescence and are relatively few flowered.
In its first-generation, Phal. Fortune Buddha has already produced about thirty (30) registered hybrids. Although the first hybrid with Phal. Fortune Buddha was only registered in 1991, it has already proven to be an important parent, as have its progeny. In the first generation, Phal. Fortune Buddha has produced many awarded progeny including Phal. Brother Goldsmith (x Phal. stuartiana), Phal. Formosa Zu (x Phal. Princess Kaiulani), Phal. Double Fortune (x Phal. Double Delight), Phal. Brother Goldstone (x Phal. amboinensis) and Phal. Brother Zip (x Phal. venosa).
Another first-generation Phal. Fortune Buddha hybrid (x Phal. Princess Violet) was made several years ago but remains unregistered. Although flower count is generally low, it can be more than compensated for by the large size and outstanding colour.
The true strength of Phal. Fortune Buddha may be in producing “breeder’s plants”. What we mean by breeder’s plants are those that are not necessarily awardable by AOS standards but have the genetic makeup to produce outstanding progeny. For example, Phal. Peach Boy (x Phal. Hualien Glamour), which is linebred on Phal. Liu Tuen-Shen, in its only hybrid to date has produced Phal. Brother Torro (x Phal. Ambonosa), with several awarded cultivars. Another hybrid of Phal. Fortune Buddha, Phal. Brother Yew (x Phal. Paifang’s Queen), is itself the parent of Phal. Super Stupid (x Phal. Brother Peacock) and Phal. Brother Sandra (x Phal. Cassandra). Both of these grexes have produced several AOS award winners.
What may be the crowning achievement of Phal. Fortune Buddha breeding is a hybrid with Phal. Brother Angel (Phal. Golden Amboin x Phal. Golden Buddha). This is a case of very close linebreeding. Several cultivars of the resulting hybrid, Phal. Brother Buddha, have already been used in breeding further. In addition, the cultival ‘B#500’ received an HCC in March 1998. Despite differences in the flowers of these various cultivars, they all tend to be very dominant in breeding, producing deep yellow flowers usually overlaid with red markings. Despite the fact that Phal. Brother Budhha is the parent of only eight registered hybrids to date, there is no doubt that this is a parent to be reckoned with.
Readers of the Awards Quarterly have seen some of the high-quality hybrids produced by Phal. Brother Buddha. Phal. Ambo-Buddha (x Phal. amboinensis) already has five published awards (2 HCCs and 3 AMs) with several more in the works. Flowers of this grex have an enhanced Phal. amboinensis shape but are significantly larger with a deep yellow colour overlaid with varying amounts of red. Flower count and length of stem seem to vary widely but the rich colour is striking. Due to its exceptional quality, this hybrid has been remade on several occasions.
Another Phal. Brother Buddha hybrid, Phal. Brother Rush ‘Sogo’ (x Phal. Mem. Anna Ventosa) received an HCC at the 1996 South Taiwan Show, with clear yellow flowers.
At least three other Phal. Brother Buddha hybrids are notable. Phal. Brother Wonder (x Phal. Leyte Stuart) produces floriferous clear, deep yellow multifloras. Phal. Brother Lancer (x Phal. Plantation Polkadot) produces well-shaped yellow flowers with fine red spotting. Last, but not least, Phal. Sunrise Delight (x Phal. Rose Tris) is a handsome multiflora hybrid, ranging from fine red spotting to almost solid red flowers, always over deep yellow. Because of its substance, floriferousness and vibrant colour, Phal. Sunrise Delight is now being used in hybridizing. One of its first hybrids (x Phal. Lil Johnson) has produced deep yellow candy-striped multifloras as well as several that are solid red.