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C. mossiae 'Willowbrook' FCC/AOS

This is a discussion on C. mossiae 'Willowbrook' FCC/AOS within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; some say this clone is actually mossiae x lueddemanniana, but it's hard to prove either ...

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    Default C. mossiae 'Willowbrook' FCC/AOS

    some say this clone is actually mossiae x lueddemanniana, but it's hard to prove either way. it is a very dark and fragrant bloom, although I can't seem to get more than one bloom at a time! (two buds, one blasted).



    Hailing from the forests of Venezuela and described in 1836 by William Hooker, Cattleya mossiae is one of the most cherished members of the genus. Its immense popularity as a species is reflected by its status as the national flower of Venezuela, and may only be matched by its prominence in standard cattleya hybridizing. C. mossiae was the third unifoliate cattleya species to reach Victorian England, and comes in a variety of color forms ranging from pure albas to dark purples. The cultivar 'Willowbrook' is a fine example of the dark color form, producing large, well-shaped, fragrant deep magenta flowers, and was awarded the coveted FCC/AOS in 1999.

    C. mossiae is one of the easiest of the cattleya species to cultivate. It typically starts growing in late spring, after flowering, and should receive plenty of light and water during the summer months. Growth is completed in the fall, and the species rests during the winter, during which time watering should be at a minimum. The warmer days of spring elicit the long-awaited flowers, up to 4-5 on a spike and with a strong floral fragrance that has come to exemplify the genus. Cattleya mossiae was described by Hooker as "the most magnificent of all orchideous plants," and those who have seen the species in flower would be hard-pressed to disagree.

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    oooooooo the colours are very vibrant

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    I love the yellow throat, the sparkles and the ruffling. Overall it is absolutely gorgeous!

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    You need sunglasses for this beauty's vibrant colors. A gorgeous bloom; wish I could smell it.

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    Fantastic photo Jason...you can almost feel the velvet texture of the flower. Such rich colour!

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    Another beautiful bloom and picture.
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    Gorgeous dark colors on that one! Simply stunning, Jason!

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    Truly vibrant - an exceptional bloom & color!

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    i like the color and the ruffling.

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    Gorgeous! A famous clone!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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