Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreadaI have been trying to reduce the size of my orchid collection both in plant size and number of orchids. I am not succeeding. My head says one thing and my heart says another. When it comes to most thing I am a careful shopper. With orchids I am prone to the impulse buy.

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlightingCattleya percivaliana grows in Venezuela and Colombia in the mountains above 4000 feet near rivers. It is a large sized lithophytic plant out in the full sun. It is fragrant and blooms in the fall.

This Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada is a good example. It is a beautiful and rare color form of C. percivaliana which features unusual tessellations throughout petals and sepals. It is known locally in Venezuela as variety Remolacha, due to the petal coloring resembling that of a cut open 'Beet'. The backside of both petals and sepals are of a very dark red solid beet color.

2 comments:

  1. I've tried telling my partner that "everything went black and when I came to, I was sitting in the car with this orchid...don't know what happened!" He didn't believe me but as he loves the Australian natives, that is where my collection is heading.

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  2. That is a well documented syndrome, "altsorchid" disease. It can come on at any age and treatment requires lots of plants nearby.

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