Friday, June 15, 2012

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada

I have just divided my Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada. The result was three divisions. The first was the three backbulbs in the middle. There were good roots so I potted it is sphagnum and clay.

The second has three pseudobulbs and has two new growths. That is in sphagnum and clay and it will become my collection plant.

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreadaCattleya percivaliana marmoreada - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCattleya 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 variety 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. The plant was originally from Steve Christoffersen.

The third has two pseudobulbs, roots and a new growth. I am going to sell that. It will be listed on EBay Saturday afternoon at 4pm PDT. This is the first plant I have sold this year. I am going to keep it unpotted and ship bare root. That way the shipping is minimal and the buyer can choose the potting method.

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