Cattleya dowiana var. aurea

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Mathias

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Just as JeanLux I have got my first Cattleya dowiana in bloom and I am thrilled! :drool:

This is a first-flowering seedling, bought two years ago from a dutch vendor. As I said, this is the first time I have flowered this magnificent species and I am thrilled even though it is only one flower. This is a species I have wanted to flower for some years now, and I am pleased that I managed to do it even though I am a windowsill grower with its limitations. The fragrance is heavenly!! Beats any of my previous favorites (jenmanii, gaskelliana).

I am no expert (far from) but I think the color and shape was quite good for a dowiana. I especially love the veining of the lip.



Shows the purple flushing on the petal backsides


The plant, grown in Epiweb with sphagnum on top. Dries out very quickly
 

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this one is extremly nice, very deep color!! well done!!
 

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That is a stunning flower!

I've often put off buying Catt species as I'm also a windowsill grower, but I think I need to give them a whirl!
 

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Bravo: Very nice shape and great color esp. on the lip, but I like that color splash on the left petal too!!!! Jean
 
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Marc

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And again a very nice pattern on the lip. Care to share from which Dutch vendor you bought this plant?
 
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Lycaste53

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Very nice plant! The asymmetry of the puple pattern is astonishing.
Best regards, Gina
 
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Marc

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Thanks for your comments!



It was from Botanisches Orchideeën.
Thanks for the info, Botanische Orchideeen has some nice plants for sale on a regular basis. I know the owner quite well and visited him one time as well.

I hope that next flowering will get rid of the "unwanted" colouring on the upper right "sepal".
 

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The splashing in the petals is a common trait for this species and can be quite nice when balanced. Super job! This is one of the easier cat species to kill.
 

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The splashing in the petals is a common trait for this species and can be quite nice when balanced. Super job! This is one of the easier cat species to kill.
Thanks! I know about killing them. Bought a FS plant from Ecuagenera a few years ago. It died from pseudobulb rot within a month... :eek:
 

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