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Cattleya bowringiana 'Splendens' × self
Number: TN2540
Name: Cattleya bowringiana 'Splendens' × self
  Note: Color of originally posted photo did not reflect the true color of the flower. This photo has been color-corrected.
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: CJ Maciejeski
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Pod Parent Flower
Culture Notes from Donor: This is an easily grown species requiring no more than normal Cattleya conditions.
Parent plant: Temperature range W (70-90°F)
Comments: This particular plant is a tetraploid, so the seedlings from this pod will be tetraploids.

Parent plant: A spectacular tetraploid form of this attractive species from Belize and Guatemala, 'Splendens' has large flowers of stunning color and beautiful texture.
Sepals and petals concolor deep, dark, sparkling fuchsia; petals attractively waved along the edges; no fading at tips or anywhere, with intense color saturation uniform; labellum midlobe deeper, electric ultraviolet with a central disc of deepest merlot, midlobe lightly crisped, canary internally with merlot striping, external portion of sidelobes darker than petals and sepals with even darker feathering along dorsal edges. Flowers well spaced on inflorescence and relatively flat, with no recurving at tips. Substance thin, texture crystalline. Natural spread 7.3 cm horizontally, 6.0 cm vertically; dorsal sepal 1.0 cm wide, 3.8 cm long; lateral petals 2.3 cm wide, 3.9 cm long; lateral sepals 1.2 cm wide, 3.9 cm long; labellum 1.2 cm wide, 2.9 cm long.
This plant also tends to flower twice a year with an inferior flowering late spring to early summer and a much superior flowering with more flowers in fall.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 85°F, nights 68°F; best fit is Warm-Intermediate 87-64°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 77°F, nights 60°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Genus:   Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter: days average 83°F, nights 60°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°F ( )

About the name...
Etymology of bowringiana   Named for J. C. Bowring, English orchid enthusiast of the 19th century. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Cattleya   Named in honor of William Cattley, English horticulturist in the 19th century. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of bowringiana   bow-ring-ee-AH-na (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Cattleya   KAT-lee-ya (Sources: Pridgeon 1992, Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: Capsule failed. We were not able to make any flasks.
You should: Consider placing a "Notify Retries" Request, and if an identical pollination (the same parents) is done again, we'll let you know.
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Guatemala and Belize. Plants grow on rocky cliffs and the sides of ravines close to streams with rapidly moving water. Most often they are found where the air is charged with moisture. Plants are commonly found on granite outcroppings and limestone rocks at 350-3300 ft. (100-1000 m), but they are sometimes found on trees in mixed pine and oak forests.
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