Cattleya warneri albescent ‘Dona Lourdes’

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DrLeslieEe

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My favourite colour form just opened! The pure white lip with green throat contrasts nicely with the light pink blush of the tepals. Simply divine!

NS 14 cm
Petals 8 x 5 cm
Dorsal 7 x 2 cm
Lip 4 x 7 cm

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Here you can see the semi water culture with the three layers and water tray. You can see most roots are inside. Bottom inch LECA clay pellets, middle orchiata bark/perlite/charcoal mix, and top NZ moss. Sits in water for 2 days, dries 1-2 days and then water again.

It was imported from Brazil last November and established fast in this method to bloom within the year.

Fun fact: this colour combination exists in only one other species, mendelii albescent!
 

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Oh Leslie, now I need an exact definition of albescen. I have always known is different from alba, but your plant tells me that albescent might only pertain to a lip?
 

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Oh Leslie, now I need an exact definition of albescen. I have always known is different from alba, but your plant tells me that albescent might only pertain to a lip?
Albescent means an almost white flower with a flush of very light color like pink or light lavender (even light coerulea) in any or all floral parts. The pink can be in lip, petals or sepals.

The albescent form in different species can vary.

In warneri, it’s used for white lip with light pink blush in sepals and petals.

In labiata, it’s a white flower with a blush pink lip. Or a very light pink flower with a light pink to white lip.

In amethystoglossa, it’s a white flower with a small blush pink area in the lip.

And so on.

The degree of separation between albescent and concolor can be very subjective.
 
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Btw, it is almost the same as another great concolor form, Santa Teresa.
 
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🤯 My world just grew a little bigger, never heard of albescent before. It’s a stunner. Is this difficult to source aside from importing from Brazil? Would you be able to share the nursery name? I’ll have to start the search probably like many others on the thread 🧐Thanks for sharing, love it.
 

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Leslie, these are very elegant flowers. They look as if they were made from delicate china. Congrats to own such a beauty. 👌 👌
 

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Albescent means an almost white flower with a flush of very light color like pink or light lavender (even light coerulea) in any or all floral parts. The pink can be in lip, petals or sepals.

The albescent form in different species can vary.

In warneri, it’s used for white lip with light pink blush in sepals and petals.

In labiata, it’s a white flower with a blush pink lip. Or a very light pink flower with a light pink to white lip.

In amethystoglossa, it’s a white flower with a small blush pink area in the lip.

And so on.

The degree of separation between albescent and concolor can be very subjective.
But the definition of alba with each species doesn’t vary?
 

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Btw, it is almost the same as another great concolor form, Santa Teresa.
Yes Santa Teresa (ST) is the original one that was discovered in the garden of a lady in the warneri locality (SE Brazil) by two orchid hunters. It is the parent of all the albescents today.
 

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🤯 My world just grew a little bigger, never heard of albescent before. It’s a stunner. Is this difficult to source aside from importing from Brazil? Would you be able to share the nursery name? I’ll have to start the search probably like many others on the thread 🧐Thanks for sharing, love it.
This form is not easy to source BUT good news!!! Alex from AWZ has many seedlings that he brings to US through Ron Kaufman. They ship to US periodically so ask them.
 
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