Cattleya percivaliana – 365 days of orchids – day 1471

We have another Cattleya today but unlike yesterday’s miniature Cattleya percivaliana is a large and flamboyant species

Many of the uni-foliate (one leaved) Cattleya species look superficially similar but we find that one of the clearest distinctions is flowering time, and this species always flowers at the turning of the year. C. percivaliana is also identifiable by the single sheath, the short (15cm) flattened pseudobulbs, and by the unusual rather deep and markings on the lip.

Cattleya percivaliana is endemic to Venezuela where it is found as an epiphyte and on rocks from 1400-2000m altitude in good light. We grow the species in Warm Americas and hang plants in baskets above the door where plants produce copious roots that hang down from the basket.

This species was the feature on day 1 of 365 days of orchids and 1470 days later it looks equally sumptuous.


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