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Cattleya maxima

This is a discussion on Cattleya maxima within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I found up ordinary maxima is very stingy to reward me their wonderful flower, I ...

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    I found up ordinary maxima is very stingy to reward me their wonderful flower, I had 2 pots of common maxima none of them producing any spikes and the pseudobulbs is more than 10 almost give up. However this one is so different almost every new bulb spike will follow variety coerulea.
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    Wow. Very nice.

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    That's a good one

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    So pale! Lovely!

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    What a beautiful C maxima!!! Lovely photos capturing the almost ethereal quality of the blooms. Well done Zainal!

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    Nice Zain!

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    The color on this is quite nice. Do you know if, or which of, your plants are lowland or upland forms of the species? They have different temperature preferences and that could influence how regularly they bloom in your climate.

    Upland form is similar in plant size to most the large flowered Cattleya species, with fairly clustered growth and usually fewer than 5 flowers per spike, and often considered to have superior flower form and color. Lowland form is taller, with growths farther apart and sometimes 12 or more flowers of floppier form. Upland gets cooler night temperatures and brighter light than lowland in native habitat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Wow. Very nice.
    Thanks Sriram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    What a beautiful C maxima!!! Lovely photos capturing the almost ethereal quality of the blooms. Well done Zainal!
    Thanks Mr Yew the color almost perfect as you said I had told that there is another beautiful maxima coerulea variety Gigi X Angelo even better than this. I already booking to my friend to get cutting once it's ready.Also bloomed at lowland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    The color on this is quite nice. Do you know if, or which of, your plants are lowland or upland forms of the species? They have different temperature preferences and that could influence how regularly they bloom in your climate.

    Upland form is similar in plant size to most the large flowered Cattleya species, with fairly clustered growth and usually fewer than 5 flowers per spike, and often considered to have superior flower form and color. Lowland form is taller, with growths farther apart and sometimes 12 or more flowers of floppier form. Upland gets cooler night temperatures and brighter light than lowland in native habitat.
    Thanks Kirk for the explanation given now I knew already the common maxima I had basically have short psedobulb and definitely from upland no wonder he refused to bloom. For your info the psedobuld of this plant is very tall more than 6 inches with the flower counts at one point more than 6 for each season.

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    Great colour! Hope mine will be as good as this one day.

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    Very nice... Is this the 'Hector' clone or a selfing from it? Is your common maxima supposed to be the tipo (all purple/pink)? The semi-alba can flower in the lowlands even though the plant looks more like the upland type..

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