This variety of Cattleya percivaliana is a beautiful and rare color form 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.
Cattleya 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.
I got the plant from Steve Christoffersen last April. I left the plant in the clay pot and sphagnum that Steve grew it in. He seems to water in a way that feels like under-watering but obviously the plants like.