Cattleya wittigiana – 365 days of orchids – day 1156

Today we have a new species for 365 days with the first flowering of a seedling of Cattleya wittigiana. This species is very closely related to Cattleya coccinea (see photo on yesterday’s post) but is pink rather than red.

In Brazil in 2000 we were able to film this species being pollinated by humming birds – see photo below – one of the magic moments from our school expeditions.

The species comes from similar habitat to Cattleya coccinea and we grow it in a similar way, mounted in good light in our Cool Americas section.



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