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Cattleya amethystoglossa 'Aileen's Valentine' AM/AOS × self
Number: TN7909
Name: Cattleya amethystoglossa 'Aileen's Valentine' AM/AOS × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Charles G. Wilson  (Email:
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Pod Parent Flower
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, Winter: days average 85°F, nights 70°F; best fit is Warm-Intermediate 87-64°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 79°F, nights 64°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°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 amethystoglossa   From latinized Greek "amethystoglossus" with amethyst-colored lip. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Cattleya   Named in honor of William Cattley, English horticulturist in the 19th century. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of amethystoglossa   am-e-this-toe-GLOS-ah (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Cattleya   KAT-lee-ya (Sources: Pridgeon 1992, Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
You should: Consider getting individual plants or compots instead of a flask.
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Yield Estimate: 605 plants (based on flask surveys done 12/10/2014 through 02/06/2021)
Yield estimates are only approximate, but may appear to be fairly exact numbers because they are a combination of large rough estimates in remaining mother flasks and more accurate small estimates in reflasks.
Plantlet Sizes: From many flasks 4 - 70 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 08/09/2015 through 09/07/2021)
From one most recently surveyed flask 15 - 50 mm (09/07/2021)
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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: Brazil. Colonies of this species occur in isolated pockets at 100-800 ft. (30-240 m) somewhat inland from the coast. The habitat extends from near Salvador in Bahia to near Guarapari in Espirito Santo. They are also found on the elevated coastal plain at elevations to 1500 ft. (460 m) in both states and as far as (150 km) inland in Bahia. Plants that grow far inland are normally found only in selected riverine swamps. However, in his 1986 Orchid Digest article, Fowlie reported finding a colony about 200 mi. (320 km) northwest of Salvador. These plants were growing in very exposed situations 30-40 ft. (9-12 m) above the ground on trees beside a stream. He reported that they were just below the summit of the hills at 3000 ft. (910 m), which was the highest elevation he had ever encountered this species. Plants were originally found on rocks and trees, sometimes in almost full sun, but today they are almost extinct on rocks in most areas because of commercial overcollecting. They are now usually found 80-100 ft. (25-30 m) above the ground in the topmost crowns of palm trees, but they are also still found in more shaded situations growing 20-80 ft. (6-24 m) above the ground on the upright trunks and in the crotches of moss-draped hardwood trees beside streams. C. amethystoglossa and C. aclandiae share a common habitat in the Paraguacu River valley southwest of Salvador, where they may grow on the same trees. Brazilian growers report that while plants are found abundantly in Bahia, they are not found directly on the coast. In fact, growers in the seacoast city of Salvador do not like to cultivate this species because flowering it is difficult for them. This is probably caused by the moderating effects of the ocean on local conditions which results in minimum temperatures that are too warm and a diurnal range that is too small to allow bud initiation and flower formation.
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