|Scientific Name||Cattleya spp.|
|Principal Common Name||Cattleya|
|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|
|Leaf Color||Dark Green : Light Green|
|Leaf Texture||Coarse : Smooth : Strap-like : Thick|
|Flower Color||Lavender : Purple : White|
|Ease of Growing||Average|
|Light Preferences||Filtered Light : Partial Shade : Light Shade|
|Outstanding Features||Color : Flower : Fragrance : Hanging Plant : Indoor Plant|
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