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NOID cattleya in the wild

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    Default NOID cattleya in the wild

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    This is a cattleya I found somewhere above Merida in the Andes (Venezuela) some years ago. I just came across the 35mm slides - I am going through a lot of old ones, digitising those which are worth doing. ( More species to come, if this of interest ! )The fact that it is a slide dates it as maybe pre 1997 when I bought my first digital camera, or at least before 1999 when I bought my first DSLR and switched over completely from roll film.
    The question is which Cattleya it is ? I guess that I could work it out by going through my books - there are not that many species in Venezuela anyway , but I thought the pics would be of interest, ( it is amazing how good wild flowers can be ! ) and someone might save me an afternoon with my books.

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    It almost looks like skinneri

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    My memory says flowers much larger,say 5-6 inches. Too big for skinnerii, and wrong continent, too ?

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    Gosh what a beautiful discovery! I hope to go on a few orchid treks someday. Mixing travel and orchids (my to favorite pastimes) would be so much fun. Thanks for posting this beauty, Geoff. I hope you will share more of your discoveries/ finds from your travels and slide collections.

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    great shots, Geoff. C gaskelliana perhaps?

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    Amazing how the flowers are in such good shape -- rather surprising considering all the ills that can befall them. The plant itself, however, does look rather "rough" -- as seems to be the norm for wild catts.





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    Hmmmm C.skinneri var autumnalis perhaps aka Cattleya deckeri

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    I'm pretty sure it's C. percivaliana - which would be appropriate for this time of year - isn't it known as the Christmas Cattleya? Of course, I realize the photos were taken years ago - but perhaps it was around this time of year? I have photos of one I took some time around New Year. I'll come back and post them if I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I'm pretty sure it's C. percivaliana - which would be appropriate for this time of year - isn't it known as the Christmas Cattleya? Of course, I realize the photos were taken years ago - but perhaps it was around this time of year? I have photos of one I took some time around New Year. I'll come back and post them if I can.
    All - as far as I can remember - our tropical journeys were made in our winter ( escapology ! ) - often we were away over Xmas and the New Year. It has occurred to me that this ought to help - in fact it eliminates C.gaskelliana which was an earlier suggestion. Thanks for the suggestion of C.percivalian . I'll search it out. Most of th ones grown here are the clone "Summit" which may not be a fair example of cattleyas in the wild, but I have all Withners books , some of Dresslers, and also the Classic Cattleyas book by a couple of US Cattleya nurseryfolk whose names I forget - which is one of the best Cattleya books I know , apart from internet sources - I'll see what conclusions I come to myself. Thanks Maura..

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    I'm pretty sure you can find a good section on it in Arthur Chadwick's The Classic Cattleyas . If my failing memory serves me okay, C. percivaliana was discovered in the Venezuelan Andes some time in the 1880s. Too bad I'm on the beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico for another 6 weeks, or I would look that up for you!

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