Cattleya purpurata

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Cattleya purpurata
Laelia purpurata carnea.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Laeliinae
Alliance: Cattleya
Genus: Cattleya
Subgenus: C. subg. Crispae
Section: C. sect. Crispae
Species: C. purpurata
Binomial name
Cattleya purpurata
(Lindl. & Paxton) Van den Berg
Synonyms

Cattleya purpurata, also known Laelia purpurata and Sophronitis purpurata, is native to Brazil where it is very popular among orchid growers. It is an epiphyte that is found in the canopy of tall trees near coastal areas, in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and São Paulo. The orchid favors bright light and cool to warm conditions and is relative easy to cultive. C. purpurata has been used extensively as a parent in hybridizing with Cattleyas. Cattleya purpurata blooms from late spring to fall with three to five flowers on a spike. The flowers are long-lasting and fragrant.

Horticultural forms[edit]

  • C. purpurata f. alba(Lindley 1852-3) white lip, sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. carnea (Lindley 1852-3) pink lip, white sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. flammea (Lindley 1852-3) magenta lip, pink sepals and white petals
  • C. purpurata f. oculata (Lindley 1852-3) purple patches on lip, white sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. roxo-violeta (Lindley 1852-3) light reddish purple lip, white sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. rubra (Lindley 1852-3) magenta lip, pink sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. sanguinea magenta lip, sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. striata (Lindley 1852-3) magenta lip, pink vein pattern sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. vagnota (Lindley 1852-3) dark red lip, white sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. vinicolor dark red lip with small white patch at the end, white sepals and petals
  • C. purpurata f. werkhaeuserii (Lindley 1852-3) light bluish lip, white sepals and petals

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