Cattleya lueddemanniana ‘sarita’.

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This is originally a wild collected clone although this must have been some time ago as it is now present in collections in South America, the USA and Europe.
Much work is now being done to develop these dark flowered forms of lueddemanniana and there are now plants with much fuller form around.
However this is still a lovely thing with a super scent. It’s a first flowering for me of a division I bought from Germany about 15 months ago. It grew well last year and produced three new leads across the year.
It has now pushed out two large blooms, both just over 6 inches across. The scent fills the room.
I grow this right up against the glass in a south facing window in the UK and find that this light intensity is enough to induce flowers in this ‘light hog’ of a species, even in our damp maritime climate.
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Paradoxically these seem to be easier to bloom indoors than a greenhouse. If it was growing in a UK greenhouse there would need to be plenty of insulation, probably bubble wrap. This would cut the light levels and mean the plant wouldn’t flower unless you had some excellent winter lighting.
Conversely, indoors with double glazed windows, there is no need for insulation and so light levels are much higher and they flower. I have two other very similar clones ( ‘Cesar Fernandez’ and ‘dark’) and they are also both in bud.
 
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I bought a lueddemanniana 2 weeks ago...but, I must admit, it was because of the intoxicating scent! It was ‘Hayde’ AM/SVCN x Sian #2. Plant I bought was not in bloom, next year hopefully, I hope it looks as good as yours. Duck
 

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It's gorgeous, David!

If just the plants didn't grow so big, I would love to have one grace my windowsill, too! Though, to have room for the multifloral Paphs, I'll have to stick to small and miniature Catts! :)
 
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Many lueddemannianas do not get big. They’re probably one of the smallest growing unifoliates. This one has a bulb about 15 cm high and is quite thin. Most of them only have a couple of flowers on a spike because of that,
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This is happening with lueddemanniana. there are some amazing clones it in South America. They crossed the larger flowered pale forms with the smaller dark forms to produce some amazing first generation clones.
Armando Mantelli In Florida has some lovely stuff,
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