Monday, April 25, 2011

Cattleya mossiae semi-alba

This plant is the result of the cross Blanca x Aurora.  The six flowers each have about a 7 inch spread, petals about 3 inches wide.  This was one of the first Cattleya species plants I acquired.  The fact that it is still with us despite the early shoddy treatment it received is a testament to its vigor.

The 2011 blooming is very much like the 2010 blooming, with two exceptions.  First, the flowers are about a month later than last year (similar to the C. Stonehouse blooming).  Second, there is more color in the lip this year than there was last year.  I would guess these two factors are correlated with something else - reduced temperature?

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