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Laelia (Cattleya) alaorii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Cattleyas are big floofy things, therefore this is not a Cattleya. Take that, taxonomists! Not the smallest Laelia—some of the rupicolous species are smaller—but definitely the smallest of the Hadrolaelias. Flowers on mine are about 1¼", though some clones open more widely and reach up to 1¾". I like the pink blush.

    Standard cattleya culture is fine, but I think they like it a little moister, though they should still dry out between waterings. They don't need as much light as typical Cattleyas, but it doesn't seem to bother them either and I give mine bright light.

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  2. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Nice color on yours...and I still call them Laelia too! Just like I still say Sophronitis.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Just found a recent photo of mine...yours is definitely much darker...like it when there is variation within a species.

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    Very lovely color especially the deepening of the color deeper into the flower. May have to try one of these.
    Taxonomist be dammed, I think they have to find things to change to justify themselves, if they are lumping or splitting they are reassinging something.
     
  5. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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  6. Kipper

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    Beautiful!
     
  7. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    It's been almost 2 years since I last photographed this plant. It has grown very nicely and blooms on just about every new growth. Unfortunately it sucks at synchronizing, so I've never had more than 3 flowers at once. It currently has 2 more buds not visible in the photo that will bloom after the current flowers are gone.

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    It's beautiful. I love the colors and the shape of the flowers. :) And those healthy roots, too!
     
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    Beautiful. It looks like the flowers have greener tips of petals and sepals than 2 years ago.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is a very beautiful clone and very well grown. Even if you don't get a specimen blooming you do get a longer bloom season.
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Lovely! My alba is in bud now. I can't wait to share.