Cattleya mossiae pentaflamea ‘Cerro Verde’

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DrLeslieEe

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Probably the most beautiful of my mossiae from the Mantellini collection of line bred flameas.

It has many qualities of a great flower; full round shape with no windows, intense coloration of markings, solid trumpet lip with white tube, wide straight horizontal petals, thick substance and fragrance.

What more could a cattleya lover ask for?!

NS 16 cm

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Grown superbly by none other than DavidB. Well done!!
 
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Leslie, there must by polyploidy in there. Crossing this with a top polyploid hybrid (e.g. Horace ‘Maxima’) or other species (e.g. trianae ‘Cashen’s) seems to have a greater chance of worsening something than improving anything.
 
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