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Cattleya mossiae 'Willowbrook' PHOTOS

This is a discussion on Cattleya mossiae 'Willowbrook' PHOTOS within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; A little on the early side, but no complaints here. ---- Hailing from the forests ...

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    Default Cattleya mossiae 'Willowbrook' PHOTOS

    A little on the early side, but no complaints here.
    Hailing from the forests of Venezuela and first described in 1836 by William Hooker, Cattleya mossiae is one of the most cherished members of the genus. Its immense popularity as a species is reflected in its status as the national flower of Venezuela, and may only be matched by its prominence in standard cattleya hybridizing. C. mossiae was the third unifoliate cattleya species to reach Victorian England, and comes in a variety of color forms ranging from pure albas to dark purples. The cultivar 'Willowbrook' is a fine example of the dark color form, producing large, well-shaped, fragrant deep magenta flowers, and was awarded the coveted FCC/AOS in 1999.

    C. mossiae is one of the easiest of the cattleya species to cultivate. It typically starts growing in late spring, after flowering, and should receive plenty of light and water during the summer months. Growth is completed in the fall, and the species rests during the winter, during which time watering should be at a minimum. The warmer days of spring elicit the long-awaited flowers, up to 4-5 on a spike and with a strong floral fragrance that has come to exemplify the genus. Cattleya mossiae was described by Hooker as "the most magnificent of all orchideous plants," and anyone who has seen the species in flower would be hard-pressed to disagree.

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    Those are gorgeous flowers, a gorgeous color and gorgeous photos, Jason!


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    That's just stunning, Jason. The irridescence blows me away.

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    wow!!! that picture sparkles (i guess that is newbie talk for capturing irridescence, no?) if it tends to have a sleep during winter then I guess it would be ok in cool conditions during that time, no? (sorry, my mind is just ticking a hundred miles an hour going "maybe, maybe not, i can stick it in the heat mat for winter, etc etc...)cheers

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    Wow !!!!!!!
    Great piccie & info.
    Yet another plant to look out for .

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    Lovely flower. I hope my little plant looks like that someday.

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    Beautiful , I love the color and texture , another one for my never ending list . Gin

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