First and foremost: the quality of the photo is absolutely crappy. Also, the bud is not completely opened, and there's a second one (also still in the process of opening) in the background (the purple blotch behind) that adds a little more confusion to the picture. Odom's Orchids has a better picture, more resembling what mine looks like (although the color of the lip is purple, rather than red as it would seem from their picture; also, they mispelled the clonal name).
Among many, many things that make this event so remarkable is that this was my very first orchid plant. I bought it NBS (Near Blooming Size), which in plain english means that the plant is too young, and, even in the best conditions, blooming is 1-2 years away. If you know me, you know that I have never been able to grow my plants in the best conditions, so you begin to understand how amazed I am right now.
The genealogy of this hybrid is as follows (dates indicate the year the cross was first registered):
Lc Nippon = C Rita Renee X Lc Memoria Maggie Hood (1971) C Rita Renee = C Edithiae X C Brussels (1956) Lc Memoria Maggie Hood = Lc Aconcagua X C Enid (1960) C Edithiae = C Suzanne Hye X C trianaei (1914) C Brussels = C Harold X C mossiae (1936) Lc Aconcagua = Lc Schroderae X C Maggie Raphael (1926) C Enid = C mossiae X C warscewiczii (1898) C Suzanne Hye = C gaskelliana X C mossiae (1906) C trianaei = species C Harold = C gaskelliana X C warscewiczii (1893) C mossiae = species Lc Schroderae = Lc Bella X C Maggie Raphael (1917) C Maggie Raphael = C dowiana X C trianaei (1889) C warscewiczii = species C gaskelliana = species Lc Bella = C labiata X L purpurata (1884) C dowiana = species C labiata = species L purpurata = species