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Laelia purpurata - Queen of orchids

This is a discussion on Laelia purpurata - Queen of orchids within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; My plant has a lot of names on the label - L.purpurata var Roda-Cereja ( ...

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    Default Laelia purpurata - Queen of orchids

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    My plant has a lot of names on the label - L.purpurata var Roda-Cereja ( which I think means cherry or cerise in English ) x L.purpurata var carnea "W.da Silva"

    Now I do have a copy of Menezes book illustrating and describing 250 different varieties of L.purpurata - which is obviously written by a great enthusiast, who unfortuately seems to have no scientific training or sense of logic. There is no proper index, and what seems to be the same flower colouration is described under several different names, and some of the names are nonsense - see the supposed aurea versions. So lets forget all this varietal name
    nonsense, its just a nice L.purpurata....
    Two growths, one with 2 flowers, the other with 3. Has made a decent showing since it was repotted into S/H just 12 months ago, after being too wet- as explained by me, too often, I'm sure. I'm dubious about its lasting quality , this year at least ; on Tuesday I looked at the tight closed buds, and decided it would not be open by the week-end, so did not send it off with my other plants to a Society display on Saturday . This morning ( Thursday) I noticed the flowers were open, and a pure white with a dark contrasting lip. Tonight I fetched it in to photograph, and hey , the petals have developed colour striations, and the dark lip has faded - at this rate it will be over by the week-end !.
    In the meantime I have put it on my breakfast table to enjoy it whilst its here. You folks - enjoy it too !

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    So glad you were able to capture the intense coloring on this L. purpurata - the magenta/fuschia/cherry nuances are stunning. As for its lasting power.... I'd rather have a show-stopper for a short time than a drab everlasting one!

    I have, by the way, done much the same with my C. harrisoniana (minus the research escapade you embarked on) . I broke one spike with 2 buds right off the bat, trying to stake them properly, and managed to save the last one from an invasion of thrips and I have now photographed it about 100 times as it slowly gets past its peak - until it looks weary and dreary, however, it sits in the center of the table in the living room. I have seldom, if ever, been so delighted with a Catt.

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    I have fallen in love with purpuratas! Yours is definitely inspiring. Lovely!

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    Oh yes, the queen of orchids!! I love Laelia purpurata!! I think it is now Cattleya purpurata isn't it?

    cheers,
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    I have a purpurata sitting on the orchid bar out back. They are just amazing flowers! My camera likes to focus in on the lines in the throat and it's amazing how when the light hits them just right the throat seems to glow. I have bought several variations. I'm not sure which I like better, the tall elegant purpurata group or the compact and highly scented walkeriana. I can say one thing; Cattleya species are one of my favorite alliances. So many cattleya, so little time! ...did I nearly forget to mention how lovely yours is?? lol I'm so bad, rambling lately...

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    The blooms are really stunning! I have laelia purpurata var. Werkhauserii 'Blue Sky' which is a young plant but growing fast. I really look forward to the first blooms someday. I love looking at pictures of the many varieties.
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    I need to get a walkeriana. I don't have one yet.
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    My walkerianas are very distinct and different from purpurata ; smaller flowers - maybe only 1/2 to 2/3rds this size . More rounded petals . Quite a different lip. I don't know where this confusion between purprata and walkeriana comes from - they are not the same thing at all ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Oh yes, the queen of orchids!! I love Laelia purpurata!! I think it is now Cattleya purpurata isn't it?

    cheers,
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    Ah yes, its Friday , of course - the names change so darn quickly don't they.... never mind, it will be something else again by Monday, perhaps ! I think I'll leave this label alone for a time, and hope that changing the names every time I change the sheets will soon go out of fashion.

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    Lovely Purpurata ! I am slowly adding more cultivars to my collection. I try and get the ones that really are different either in shape, size or coloration. I have 3 Purpuratas 'Carnea', each with another sub-varietal name and they all look the same to me

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