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Cattleya tenebrosa var. aurea

Cattleya tenebrosa var. aurea

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Introducing the Enigmatic Beauty: Cattleya tenebrosa var. aurea - A Rare Marvel of Nature

Discover the allure of Cattleya tenebrosa var. aurea, a truly exceptional and exceedingly rare color variation of the Brazilian endemic species. With its captivating blend of elegance and rarity, this orchid variety is a botanical masterpiece that will surely captivate the hearts of collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Imagine owning a piece of botanical history, an orchid variety that is not only incredibly beautiful but also holds a fascinating story of survival. Cattleya tenebrosa var. alba stands tall, reaching heights of up to 24 inches, adorned with remarkable large flowers that are a sight to behold. Delicate yet robust, these flowers exhibit a pristine white hue, setting them apart as an exceptionally rare color form.

In its natural habitat, nestled within the verdant expanses of Brazilian forests, this orchid variety once thrived with an enchanting fragrance that graced the air. With 3 to 4 flowers per inflorescence, Cattleya tenebrosa var. alba created a mesmerizing spectacle, adorning the trees of Bahia to Espírito Santo. Sadly, the very habitat that nurtured these ethereal blooms has been devastated, pushing this already scarce orchid to the brink of extinction. The plight of Cattleya tenebrosa var. alba serves as a reminder of the fragility of nature's wonders.

Cultivating Tips:

While the elusive nature of Cattleya tenebrosa var. aurea makes it a true collector's gem, nurturing its beauty is indeed a rewarding endeavor. Here are some essential cultivating tips to ensure the success of this rare treasure:

  1. Light: Provide bright, indirect light to mimic its native habitat. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the delicate leaves and petals.

  2. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 60-70°F (15-24°C) during the day, and a slight drop in temperature at night to encourage flowering.

  3. Humidity: Orchids thrive in high humidity. Regular misting or placing a humidity tray nearby can help create the optimal environment.

  4. Watering: Allow the potting medium to partially dry before watering again. Overwatering can lead to root rot, while underwatering can cause dehydration.

  5. Potting Medium: Opt for a well-draining orchid mix, such as a blend of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. Repotting every 1-2 years can rejuvenate the plant.

  6. Fertilization: Use a balanced orchid fertilizer, diluted to half strength, during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop feeding during the resting period.

  7. Air Circulation: Provide gentle air circulation to prevent fungal and bacterial growth.

  8. Resting Period: Mimic the natural cycle by allowing the plant a period of reduced watering and fertilization during the fall and winter. This encourages healthy growth and flowering.

This is T6” in a 4” clay pot, newly repotted, about 3 to 4 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited.

Owning Cattleya tenebrosa var. aurea is an invitation to participate in the preservation of a botanical treasure. With its stunning appearance and poignant history, this rare color form stands as a testament to the delicate balance of nature's beauty and fragility. Each time its pristine flowers grace your space, you'll be reminded of the importance of cherishing and safeguarding the wonders that nature bestows upon us.

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