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Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba

Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba

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Introducing Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba, commonly known as Lueddemann's Cattleya, a beautiful and highly fragrant orchid that will add elegance and charm to any orchid collection or flower arrangement. Native to the northern Coastal Ranges of Venezuela, this medium-sized unifoliate cattleya is well-suited for both experienced orchid enthusiasts and beginners alike.

For those seeking a touch of purity and elegance, consider the Cattleya lueddemanniana var semi-alba. This variety features predominantly white flowers, with just a hint of purple in the lip, creating a mesmerizing contrast. With flowers measuring 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 cm) in size, this particular variation adds a touch of sophistication to any orchid collection or floral arrangement.

With its striking features and vibrant colors, Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba is a true delight to behold. The plant grows up to 6 inches (25 cm) in height, boasting a large, leathery leaf atop a cylindrical, compressed pseudobulb. The flowers, which emerge as the pseudobulb matures, are held on a 4-inch (10 cm) flower spike, typically displaying 2 to 5 exquisitely formed blooms.

The flower color of Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba is highly variable, with most individuals showcasing medium rose-purple petals. However, you may also find captivating variations such as dark pink, white, coerulea, and semi-alba forms. The lip of the flower is either rose-purple with yellow or cream-colored with dark markings, adding a touch of elegance and contrast. These flowers, measuring a generous 8 1/2 inches (21 cm) in size, emit a strong, enchanting fragrance that will fill your space with an irresistible scent.

Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba blooms primarily in the spring, and occasionally in the fall, coinciding with the flowering season of its close relative, Cattleya mossiae. To ensure optimal growth and blooming, this orchid thrives in warm to hot temperatures, with a minimum nighttime temperature of 60°F (15°C). For seedlings, it is advisable to provide even warmer temperatures to promote healthy growth.

Proper cultivation of Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba requires ample light and excellent air circulation. This orchid flourishes when exposed to very high levels of light, which helps develop its light green foliage. Growth typically commences during the winter months, culminating in a spectacular display of flowers in April or May in the United States. Occasionally, a second growth may occur after flowering, but it often remains "blind" and does not produce flowers.

Water and fertilizer are vital during the active growth phase of Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba. It is important to provide sufficient water while allowing the plant to dry out between waterings. Fertilization should be discontinued during periods of dormancy. This orchid performs well under intermediate conditions, making it an ideal choice for orchid enthusiasts of all experience levels.

This is a blooming size in a 5" pot, newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Capture the essence of beauty and fragrance with Cattleya lueddemanniana var. semi alba, a captivating orchid species that is sure to impress with its stunning blooms and delightful fragrance. Whether you're a seasoned orchid grower or just starting your orchid journey, this species will reward you with its grace and timeless charm.

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