Cattleya labiata coerulea ‘Blue Bells’

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Leslie, I also have a plant that I got from Orchids Limited as ('Natural World' x self) but I can tell by the tag they did not do the cross, so maybe got a flask or some plants from the same source you did. My flower is very similar to yours. The growths are short with thick pseudobulbs. There has always been a thick double sheath that I need cut the top 1/3 of off early to allow the inflorescence to get out. I have bloomed it five times but only once in the fall (twice summer, twice winter) but that must be cultural on my part.
 

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Leslie, I also have a plant that I got from Orchids Limited as ('Natural World' x self) but I can tell by the tag they did not do the cross, so maybe got a flask or some plants from the same source you did. My flower is very similar to yours. The growths are short with thick pseudobulbs. There has always been a thick double sheath that I need cut the top 1/3 of off early to allow the inflorescence to get out. I have bloomed it five times but only once in the fall (twice summer, twice winter) but that must be cultural on my part.
I would love to see a photo of your flower? Just to see the range. I will post 'Blue Balls' pic up when I find it.
 

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Here is a picture that I think was from the June 2020 blooming. I think the lighting conditions washed out the color a bit, but it wasn't a deep coerulea.
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Nice form and color, very similar to mine.

It is not typical for labiata to bloom in summer. Yours is an oddity.🤫
 
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