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Cattleya ID please?

This is a discussion on Cattleya ID please? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The colour doesn't really show up here, but it is purple. The inflorescence contains about ...

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    Default Cattleya ID please?

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    The colour doesn't really show up here, but it is purple. The inflorescence contains about 8 - 9 flowers. Is this a Skinneri? Much appreciate your help.

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    The flowers do look like skinneri to me.
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    Not sure, Annette, but this orchid bloom sure has a lovely shape!!

    cheers,
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    Very pretty whatever you call it....and in purple? Even better....it's a gorgeous flower.

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    For me this is not a Guarianthe skinneri.
    Please, show us a new photo when the flowers will be more opened.

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    Okay, Eric. Will do. Thank you.

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    Default ID on this please.

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    This plant is monofoliate, bifoliate or... both ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eorchids View Post
    This plant is monofoliate, bifoliate or... both ?
    Hi eric,

    can you please provide us a little knowledge with this? not familiar...

    many thanks

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    Jeffrey,
    The classical large flower Cattleya species (trianae, labiata, gaskelliana, lueddemanniana, lawrenceana, mossiae etc) are monofoliate species. Some other "small flower" Cattleya species are monofoliate, like iricolor. The brazilian Laelia, now merged into the genus Cattleya, are also monofoliate except Cattleya (Laelia) lundii which has 2 or more leaves. There are exceptions to this characteristic : particularly, young plants of monofoliate Cattleya could be bifoliate.

    The other well known Cattleya like intermedia, walkeriana, granulosa, forbesii, loddigesii, amethystoglossa, porphyroglossa, harrisoniana etc are bifoliate. Guarianthe ( skinneri, bowringiana, aurantiaca) which were previously included in the genus Cattleya are also bifoliate.

    Hybrid between mono and bifoliate Cattleya are frequently bifoliate or sometimes mono or bifoliate on the same plant.

    I think that this plant is a hybrid. So, if it is a bifoliate one, this guides the search for parents.

    Maybe there is Guarianthe (bowringiana ?) in this plant. I don't know why (a feeling !) but something in this flower reminds me of Cattleya lawrenceana.

    Whatever it is, it's a beautifully colored flower.

    Maybe Horst could help us.

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