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cattleya purpurta

This is a discussion on cattleya purpurta within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently attended a meeting where they discussed the Cattleya purpurta. I was impressed by ...

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    I recently attended a meeting where they discussed the Cattleya purpurta. I was impressed by the virtues of this plant, the size, the coloring, and other things. I have looked on the web and this website, but I haven't found much information on the purpurata. I would appreciate any thoughts and comments on this particular plant and also recommendations as to where it can be purchased. I'm not interested in a particular variety just the whole line in general. Please PM.

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    Cattleya purpurata is a beautiful orchid and there are many of them out there. You can likely pick one up at any orchid show and certainly many online stores. I found a grower once you had a bunch of seed grown and they were all different. It was a lot of fun trying to pick out just one! They are easily grown like most cattleyas and are certainly well worth growing.

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    I thought this was a laelia rather than a cattleya, but there has been so much renaming of plants I can't keep track and am not even trying to. I have a few of purpuratas and find that they bloom regularly for me once they start. I grow them under lights and outside for the summer. One has some buds coming now, oddly without a sheath. I do find that the buds grow very fast in the sheath and I'll often cut the tip of the sheath open so that their stems don't get all contorted. I have an alba, a carnea, and a werkhauseri.

    Oh and my signature image is a purpurata carnea.

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    I also have a couple Purpurata plants and they are by far some of the easiest cattleya/laelia to grow i've found. (next to my Maxima that is...)

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    oops! it is laelia

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    Cattleya purpurata is the currently accepted name on the Kew monocot list, but you will get better Google search results using Laelia purpurata. The strongest breeding of C. purpurata is in Brazil.

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    Aparently all the Brazillian Laelias have now been moved to the genus Cattleya. Wich I wholy agree with. The genus Laelia was established by desriptions of Mexican plants. How plants from Brazil were lumped into laelia is beyond me. I know some will say pollinia count but when you look at morphology it really becomes aparent.

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    They are very easy to grow and bloom, compare to many Cattleyas and very vigorous, and easily re-establish after dividing or repotting. The size can range from 14-16" to over 24" and many forms to choose. Var. carnea is the most compact and tipos/semi-alba clones are biggest in size. Also depending on the where the purpurata are breeded, most of the ones from US and Taiwan blooms in our summer time (June/July) and the ones from South America blooms during Nov/Dec (even if you grow it in here).

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