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Cattleya purpurata var. schusteriana

Cattleya purpurata var. schusteriana

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Introducing the Cattleya purpurata var. schusteriana, affectionately known as "The Purple-Stained Laelia." This captivating orchid species hails from the lush landscapes of Brazil, and it's sure to mesmerize orchid enthusiasts and collectors alike. With its remarkable size and exquisite coloration, this orchid stands out as a true gem in the world of Cattleya orchids.

Plant Characteristics:

  • Size: The Purple-Stained Laelia is a medium-sized epiphyte, which means it thrives by clinging to trees and other plants in its natural habitat. It typically reaches a height of about 100 cm, making it an impressive addition to any orchid collection.
  • Pseudobulbs: This orchid boasts striking clavate pseudobulbs, each measuring about 60 cm in length. These pseudobulbs serve as the plant's storage organs and are a defining feature of the Cattleya genus.
  • Leaves: The Purple-Stained Laelia has a single, apical leaf that is both leathery and erect. These oblong-ligulate leaves are 30-38 cm long and 5 cm wide, providing a lush backdrop to its vibrant blooms.

Flowering Beauty:

  • Blossom Season: Prepare to be enchanted from late spring through fall when this orchid bursts into bloom. Its flowering season offers months of delight for orchid enthusiasts.
  • Flower Stalk: The Purple-Stained Laelia's flowers are displayed on a sturdy raceme, which can reach an impressive 12 to 15 inches (30 to 37.5 cm) in length. This flowering stalk is subtended by a large sheath, adding a touch of elegance to the overall presentation.
  • Fragrance: One of the most captivating aspects of this orchid is its delightful anise-like scent. The fragrance is not only pleasant but also long-lasting, filling your space with its sweet aroma.
  • Color Variability: The most striking feature of these orchid blooms is their incredible color variability. The flowers typically measure 15-20 cm in diameter, but in exceptional cases, they can stretch up to a stunning 25 cm. The petals of both whorls may exhibit a range of colors, from white to light pink, and even deep amethyst purple, sometimes adorned with darker veins. This color diversity ensures that every bloom is a unique masterpiece.
  • Distinctive Lip: The lip of the Purple-Stained Laelia adds a touch of intrigue to its blossoms. The outer part of the lip is usually whitish, while the interior is pale to pale yellow, adorned with intricate purple lines. These lines often diverge, except for the middle three, which stand in parallel. The large central blotch is typically velvety-purple and features veins in a rich chestnut-purple hue.

Cultivation Tips: Caring for the Cattleya purpurata var. schusteriana "The Purple-Stained Laelia" requires some attention to detail but is a rewarding experience for orchid enthusiasts. Here are some cultivation tips to help you nurture this exceptional orchid:

  1. Light: Provide bright, indirect sunlight to mimic its natural habitat. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain or 50-70% shade cloth is ideal. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.

  2. Temperature: This orchid thrives in a range of temperatures, from warm to cool. Daytime temperatures between 70-85°F (21-29°C) and nighttime temperatures around 55-65°F (13-18°C) are suitable.

  3. Humidity: Maintain high humidity levels, ideally around 60-80%. You can achieve this by using a humidity tray, humidifier, or misting the plant regularly.

  4. Watering: Water your orchid thoroughly when the potting medium approaches dryness. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot. Watering frequency may vary depending on your local climate and the type of potting mix used.

  5. Potting Medium: Use a well-draining orchid mix, such as a combination of fir bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. Repot your orchid every 2-3 years to refresh the potting medium.

  6. Fertilization: Feed your Purple-Stained Laelia with a balanced orchid fertilizer (e.g., 20-20-20) at half strength every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the winter months.

  7. Air Circulation: Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent the development of fungal issues.

  8. Pruning: Remove spent flower spikes to encourage new growth and future blooms.

This is a blooming size in a 4” clay pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited. 

With proper care and attention, your Cattleya purpurata var. schusteriana "The Purple-Stained Laelia" will reward you with its spectacular, fragrant blossoms year after year. It's a testament to the beauty and diversity of the orchid world, and a treasure for any orchid enthusiast's collection. Enjoy the enchanting journey of nurturing this remarkable orchid!

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