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A Portrait of Cattleya Portia

This is a discussion on A Portrait of Cattleya Portia within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I've had lots of help trying to identify this Catt. and it's been fun, but ...

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    I've had lots of help trying to identify this Catt. and it's been fun, but a little frustrating. Fortunately, I ran into the owner of the nursery that I bought it from, and he told me it was the last one of several old Portias he had inherited a few years ago and dragged out the tag from a bunch of old ones he had in a drawer. No clonal name, though. The original owner hybridized many catts, so perhaps this is the result of one of his bowringiana/labiata experiments.

    It desperately needs to be divided and repotted, but I hate to break it up. I just noticed today for the first time that it has a lovely, delicate scent.

    There are 10 blooms on the top spike and 8 on the lower one, with a good 5" natural spread. I wish I could keep it in bloom longer, but it's starting to fade even now.


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    Very nice, Maura. The photo is beautiful.

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    Maura, this is such a lovely plant. What beautiful flowers you captured!

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    Beautiful blooming.

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    great photo of beautiful flowers, love the lip,very nice

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    Very nice plant and blooms. I like it very much!

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    Nice Maura! Lots of lovely blooms...I love the light in the photo!
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    Thank you so much, y'all! Phillip and I have loved having this orchid blooming in our living room - and, for once, the digital camera got the color right!

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    Wow! that is beautiful.

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    Wow, 18 flowers must be very nice!

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