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L. purpurata fma. werckhauseri 'Blue Sky'

This is a discussion on L. purpurata fma. werckhauseri 'Blue Sky' within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; my other purpurata, now famous (or is it infamous) is still in sheath, but I ...

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    Default L. purpurata fma. werckhauseri 'Blue Sky'

    my other purpurata, now famous (or is it infamous) is still in sheath, but I loved this species so much that I got another one this spring. fma. werckhauseri is the one with the slate blue lip. wonderful fragrance during the day.



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    First described in 1852 and hailing from Brazil, the spectacular Laelia purpurata hardly needs an introduction. It is so cherished in its native country that it serves as the national flower, and has entire orchid societies dedicated to its cultivation. Moreover, during the flowering season, one can even attend orchid shows that solely feature the many color forms of this fine species. Indeed, over a hundred forms have been described on the basis of flower color and patterning. Some of the most famous forms include carnea (salmon lip), werckhauseri (slate blue lip), and sanguinea (magenta petals and sepals).

    Laelia purpurata is an easy grower under standard cattleya conditions. After blooming in early summer, the plants will rest briefly before pushing up new growth in late summer or early autumn. It should receive plenty of light and water during this time, up until the growths mature in late winter. After a short rest, buds will start to appear, ultimately culminating in heads of large (5-7"), fragrant flowers on strong inflorescences. Laelia purpurata is a very large plant when well-grown, with leaves on mature plants exceeding 20" in length.

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    Lovely blooms, Jason!

    Can you add any thoughts on the differences between purpurata var. werkhasueri and var. coerulea?

    McJulie

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    It's Beautiful, Jason!!! Thanks for sharing.
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    thanks! Julie, I'm not familiar with fma. "coerulea". There are a ton of named blue and/or violet forms...schusteriana, roxo-violeta, vinicolor come to mind but I am wholly unqualified to even describe what they are supposed to represent. I suspect people get completely carried away with these forms, but then again it really is a wonderful species. if anyone knows a website or book where these forms are described, I would love to know!

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    That's a nice one! Var. werckerhauseri is my favorite form of this species

    -Pat

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    It's a stunner. And very well grown.

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    Excellent dislay of violet-blues

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    That is amazing. Bravo!

    Cheers,
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    Very beautiful!

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