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Cattleya spp.


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Scientific Name Cattleya spp.
Principal Common Name Cattleya
Common Name(s) Orchid
Description Cattleya is a genus of 42 species of orchids from Costa Rica to tropical South America. They are widely known for their large, showy flowers, and were used extensively in hybridization for the cut-flower trade until quite recently. This genus and the numerous hybrids come close, through their beauty, to the idealized picture we have of the orchids. The typical flower has three rather narrow petals : two are fringed, and the third is the conspicuous lip with a fringed margin and various markings and specks. At the base, the fringed margins are folded into a tube. Each flower stalk originates from a pseudobulb. The number of flowers varies; it can be just one or two, or sometimes up to ten.
General Comments There is a wide array of flower colors. Best grown in a warm greenhouse with higt humidity.
Nativity Costa Rica, S. America
Height Range 0 - 0
Spread Range 0 - 0
Flower Showy Y
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones
Leaf Color Dark Green : Light Green
Leaf Texture Coarse : Smooth : Strap-like : Thick
Form Epiphyte
Flower Color Lavender : Purple : White
Flower Time
Ease of Growing Average
Light Preferences Filtered Light : Partial Shade : Light Shade
Soil Preferences
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Color : Flower : Fragrance : Hanging Plant : Indoor Plant

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