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Laelia purpurata

This is a discussion on Laelia purpurata within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; some of you may recognize this one more of a light purple blush on the ...

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    Default Laelia purpurata

    some of you may recognize this one

    more of a light purple blush on the petals this year, perhaps due to higher light.



    First described in 1852 and hailing from Brazil, the spectacular Laelia purpurata hardly needs an introduction. It is so cherished in its native country that it serves as the national flower, and has entire orchid societies dedicated to its cultivation. Moreover, during the flowering season, one can even attend orchid shows that solely feature the many color forms of this fine species. Indeed, over a hundred forms have been described on the basis of flower color and patterning. Some of the most famous forms include carnea (salmon lip), werckhauseri (slate blue lip), and sanguinea (magenta petals and sepals).

    Laelia purpurata is an easy grower under standard cattleya conditions. After blooming in early summer, the plants will rest briefly before pushing up new growth in late summer or early autumn. It should receive plenty of light and water during this time, up until the growths mature in late winter. After a short rest, buds will start to appear, ultimately culminating in heads of large (5-7"), fragrant flowers on strong inflorescences. Laelia purpurata is a very large plant when well-grown, with leaves on mature plants exceeding 20" in length.

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    Still my absolute favorite! I love this orchid and the purple blush only adds to its beauty. Stunning! I would love to find a division of a mature werckhauseri. I bet that would be an awesome bloom as well.

    Cheers,
    bD

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    Just love it! Absolutely gorgeous. One of my all time favorites.

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    I am in awe Jason. Magnificent!

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    Wow, I knew there were several forms, but I had no idea it was like that. Very nice photo too, thanks Jason!!

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    Oh Geeze Jason, I post a picture and you write a novel. I am in awe of your expertise. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am just happy when they decide to bloom.
    Cin

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    Lovely!

    ...and I'm excited. The var. striata 'Sorocy' that I've grown from a seedling is in bud. I'll post a pic when they open.

    I love this plant. The p-bulbs are huge, but I like the fact that they grow straight up and not sideways out of the pot. I also like the shape of the p-bulbs and the presentation of the flowers along the spike. I grow very few large plants, but this is one that I wouldn't get rid of.

    *CROSSES FINGERS*

    Hopefully, my buds will be open within a week to 10 days.

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    Gorgeous!!! And a beautiful photo as well!!!

    Cheers. Hoa.

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