Cattleya tenebrosa – 365 days of orchids – day 919

This Brazilian Cattleya is the sister species to Cattleya purpurata featured last week (below)

Cattleya tenebrosa grows as an epiphyte in open lowland forest up to around 1000m and so enjoys warm conditions and good light. We hang our plant in the roof of the Warm Americas Zone where it gets lots of sun and we work to keep it well watered in the summer.

Its name tenebrosa means ‘dark’ referring to the flowers but it does come in a range of colours from yellow to a deep brown with a contrasting pink and purple lip. We are delighted to have many thousands of these growing in-vitro so look out for them on out sales table.


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