Cattleya amethystoglossa – 365 days of orchids – day 1521

We are delighted to celebrate the flowering of this wonderful Brazilian orchid species.

Cattleya amethystoglossa is a large growing bifoliate (two leaved) cattleya and in growth it is not unlike Cattleya guttata (see our plant below) and it shares the majestic tall pseudobulbs and large sprays of flowers.

Our Cattleya amethystoglossa is still a pup with bulbs 70cm long, and it will eventually develop spikes of up to 30 gloriously spotted pinky purple flowers.

Cattleya amethystoglossa is restricted to the rocky habitats near the coast in the Brazilian states of Bahia, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco growing either as a lithophyte of epiphyte on palms. In this habitat it experience bright light and heat that we try and provide by hanging our plant high in the roof of our Warm Americas section.

In the summer, the growth of new pseudobulbs is rapid and we provide lots of feed and water to ensure for the new growth that in turn rewards us with a good show of flowers after a cooler dryer winter rest.





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