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Dear Cattleya friends,

The term "tipo" is found often enough appended to various species, for example Cattleya trianae tipo but it may also be used as var. tipo and I have seen it capitalized. I have seen it as species tipo/Tipo 'Clonal name'.

I have an incomplete understanding that tipo is referring to "typical". I am thinking that this is another Cattleya term that is over- and incorrectly-used? I doubt that it is formally considered a variety (var.)?
 
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There is a standard Cattleya shape, but the color gamut is wide with alba, semi-alba, coerulea, lavender, and various petal/sepal markings. What do you think typical or normal means with this range? Tipo just doesn’t seem to be a useful term to me but I see it used a lot, including as a var.
 

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