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This is a discussion on The Mystery Cattleya orchid with old tag within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I'm with Amey on "Portia maybe", but in fact not. Based on the shape of ...
I'm with Amey on "Portia maybe", but in fact not. Based on the shape of the inflorescences, I'd venture a Schombocatt or Laelia anceps hybrid. Neither Porcia (Armstrongiae x bowringiana) nor Portia (bowringiana x labiata) produce an inflorescence that shape, and both produce plants 18" or taller.
My guess is with Cattleya Portia. When it blooms please take a pic or two. You should stake (now!) the spikes for a better presentation.
Thanks Jose - you've been very busy, I see, sorting out my taxonomy issues for me, and I am grateful for the help. I agree that the spikes need to be spiked right away - I'll be doing that as part of my very careful examination and cleanup to make sure it isn't suffering from any kind of fungus, or has any critters wandering around. I'll get insecticide and fungicide into it without getting anything on the spikes, as well. Tricky proposition, but this is my 3rd experience with one of these neglected heirloom specimens and I'm getting a little better at protecting the plant, the buds, and MY collection without blowing everything up.
I'm assuming, without putting any money down, that this is C. Portia, some of which show the more compact form of the hybrid than others. Thanks for your time and effort.
My favorites are the old cattleyas. Nice, perfumed, and floofly!!
It looks like it says Portia Maybe to me..... My portia is about that size, i mean the spikes and pbulbs.....
I think it's C Portia, maybe?