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This is a discussion on C. warneri within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; fma. tipo x fma. orlata Not exactly sure what orlata designates--I suspect that form is ...
fma. tipo x fma. orlata
Not exactly sure what orlata designates--I suspect that form is one without the white picotee at the edge of the lip. I think people go a little crazy naming all these color forms though.
Hailing from Brazil, Cattleya warneri was first discovered in the 1830s but not officially described until 1862. It shares a number of similarities with C. labiata and was long considered a variety, but has gradually become accepted as a legitimate species. Both C. labiata and C. warneri bloom from characteristic double sheaths, and produce large lavender flowers with relatively narrow petals (although well-shaped forms exist of each). C. warneri, however, grows during the fall/winter months and blooms in the late spring, while C. labiata grows during the spring/summer months and blooms in the fall. C. warneri has unusually broad leaves and mature plants can produce up to five 6-8" flowers on an inflorescence.
Cattleya warneri is not dificult to grow but has seasonal requirements that run contrary to those of the other cattleya species. It typically starts growth in the late fall and the new growths mature over the winter and early spring months. During this time, sunlight and temperatures should be maximized, which can be a somewhat difficult proposition in the more northern climates. Buds start to appear in the spring, and at this time high light and high temperatures should be avoided lest the buds "cook" in the sheaths. The large, fragrant flowers appear in the late spring to early summer, and the plant rests for a short time afterwards.
Beautiful !and thanks for the info. Gin
An absolute stunner!
Amazing!! Is it possible to trick the plant into switching its seasons around? For example to make it start its growing season in the northern hemisphere summer, and go dormant in the winter? Can this plant be tamed?
Great info as well.
Explains why my seedling seems to do little in the summer.
these species are genetically programmed to grow or rest depending on the conditions. I suppose it would be possible to make it grow in the summer if you somehow could provide summer conditions in the winter and vice versa, but in practicality that would be nearly impossible. Even in warmer climates I believe warneri still has its seasons set due to the year-round variation. In the southern hemisphere, of course, the blooming seasons would be inverted, i.e. it would probably bloom in what we consider late fall/winter months, which of course would be spring there.
things one could change are often spike initiation--labiata I believe responds to shortening days in the fall, so if you artifially shorten (or lengthen) the days that time of year, you can have some effect on pushing blooming ahead or back.
You know what, it sounds like a great candidate to stick inside a wardian case or terrarium!