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Cattleya maxima

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by naoki, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    I got this from a slippertalk forum member in 2016. It is a good grower, but it skipped blooming last year, so this is the first time I see the flowers. I like it. I hope that it will make more flowers next year. I don't know too well about Cattleya, but this one seems to be taller than the other highland forms.

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    Man I hate the other form of maxima. As far as labiate types, a couple spikes on a plant can't be beat!
     
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    Lovely
     
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    Very beautiful and stunning pics!
     
  5. naoki

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    A couple species of Cattleya are blooming in my place. Frequently, with Cattleya, their roots are tangled up in the growing area, so I don't feel like taking photos. But since I got the two morphs (tall and short, or lowland and upland forms) of C. maxima blooming simultaneously, I decided to take side-by-side photos. The flowers look similar, but I'm surprised to find that these two have completely different fragrance; the tall one is pleasant, but the short one is rather stinky. More info in my blog post (link).

    The tall form is the same plant as the original post of this thread.
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    Short form; 'Königin Sylva' SM/DOG x 'Hsinying'. I'm not sure if the spelling of the first parent is correct. I think both parents are supposed to be alba. P9100025.jpg

    Tall Form:
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the comparison. The tall one has certainly grown well. Interesting that you mention not liking the fragrance on the short form. I recently bloomed my only plant of the short form and was amazed at how lovely the fragrance was. It was so exceptionally fragrant that I just ordered another plant of the short form. I hope it wasn't a fluke.
     
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    Hi Marni, I actually sniffed them after I saw your post. After sniffing the tall form, my son, wife, and I totally agreed with you. It isn't strong fragrance like some other Cattleya, but it was very pleasant. I had them on the dining table for a while, and the scent was strongest around noon. I sniffed the short one at several different time of the day, but it had faint fungal smell, and no sweet scent. I think my plant is the weird one, and many people, including Chadwick and Chadwick's Cattleya book, mentioned that it has the good fragrance. The short form opened the flowers 1 week earlier, so it might be related to the age of flowers. But the flowers looked fine, and remained open for at least another week. Next time, I'll sniff when the flowers are fresh.
     
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    A SlipperTalk member said that the correct spelling of the clonal name of the parent is more likely to be 'Königin Silvia' (not Sylva), which means Queen Silvia (of Sweden).
     
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    I checked the remaining spike on my short form early this afternoon and it wasn't at all like the fragrance a couple of weeks ago. It was kind of off.
     
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    Thank you for checking, Marni. So I should have sniffed when the flowers were fresh! It's good to know.
     
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    It is worth a try. I was not the only person who thought the fragrance was outstanding. I guess we'll see next year.
     
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