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Cattleya araguaiensis

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by tenman, Sep 3, 2020.

  1. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    An unusual species (some consider a separate genus Cattleyella), Cattleya araguaiensis, intriguing 4.5-5" fragrant flowers with a most unusual lip which does not unfurl much, but has its own particular form of beauty. Like Laelia (syn.cattleya?) lundii and C.walkeriana, these and other unique species make one wonder about the relationships in their groups. Are unifoliate and bifoliate catts all really the same genus? Are all the large floofy ones really just one big species when even the 'experts' cannot tell them apart? Do C.walkeriana and C.nobilior belong in their own separate genus? How big do we want a genus to be if it is no guide to the morphology and culture of the plants within it? Sophronitis also comes to mind, as do the rupicolous 'laelias'.

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    Definitely an oddball. One I couldn’t keep alive. I had an alba araguaiensis that befell the fate of the rest I tried growing.

    I would love to see dormaniana x araguaiensis.
     
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    Sorry it didn't make it. Wherever did you get one of the albas? I've been looking everywhere for one.
     
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    Something I have been looking for for a while. How do you grow it?
     
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    Roy Tokunaga gave it to me. Sorry Roy!
     
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    Do you know if he has more available?
     
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    This one is in cypress mulch in a small clay pot, watered twice a week with intermediate to warm temps and regular cattleya light levels.