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Cattleya Orchid

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 12 April 2018 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Epiphytic or terrestrial orchids with cylindrical rhizome from which the fleshy noodle-like roots grow. Pseudobulbs can be conical, spindle-shaped or cylindrical; with upright growth; one or two leaves growing from the top of them. The leaves can be oblong, lanceolate or elliptical, somewhat fleshy, with smooth margin. The inflorescence is a terminal raceme with few or several flowers. Flowers have sepals and petals free from each other; the lip or labellum (lowermost petal), usually has a different coloration and shape from the rest of the flower and covers in part the flower column forming a tube. There are four polliniums (bag-like organs that contain pollen). The fruit is a capsule with many small seeds.

The genus was named in 1824 by John Lindley after horticulturalist William Cattley. Cattley obtained a specimen of then unnamed Cattleya labiata from William Swainson who had discovered the new plant in Pernambuco, Brazil, in 1817. The plant successfully bloomed under the care of Cattley and it became the type specimen from which Lindley described C. labiata.

Photo captured February 25, 2018 at the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/5.6 ISO 800 52 mm

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Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

They are magnificent. What beautiful pink

12 Apr 2018 5:05am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very beaurtiful.

12 Apr 2018 5:18am

Martine from France

Magnifique orchidée, j'aime beaucoup leur couleur.

12 Apr 2018 5:21am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Excellente prise, magnifiques fleurs.

12 Apr 2018 6:08am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Elles sont magnifiques, toutes dentelées et dans de très belles nuances de ton sur ton.
Bonne journée Steven

12 Apr 2018 7:08am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle prise florale !

12 Apr 2018 8:13am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

glorious colours

12 Apr 2018 8:23am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

They are very beautiful.

12 Apr 2018 8:38am

Marité from France

Waouh ! Magnifique floraison ! Avec les orchidées on ne sait si elles refleuriront... C'est le cas chez moi et je désespère vraiment !
Bonne journée

12 Apr 2018 10:31am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

wonderfully vibrant and exotic

12 Apr 2018 11:04am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wow, very beautiful !!!

12 Apr 2018 12:05pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Superb capture !!! Lovely blossoms.
Thank you for the write up:))))))))))))))

12 Apr 2018 1:13pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This is stunning. The color is so vibrant.

12 Apr 2018 1:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such beautiful and delicate looking blossoms. The color is wonderful.

12 Apr 2018 1:46pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


12 Apr 2018 2:56pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A gorgeous orchid picture! Excellent detail and capture of the rich color.

12 Apr 2018 3:13pm

ceteceva from France

It's stunning ! Beautiful flowers and nice picture !

12 Apr 2018 5:46pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful composition and colors .

12 Apr 2018 6:57pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Wow! Excellent colours!! Love it!

12 Apr 2018 7:19pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Such a showy specimen!

12 Apr 2018 8:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They are so beautiful.

12 Apr 2018 10:09pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely beautiful! Among other orchids, my dad grew these in his greenhouse. When the cattleya bloomed the neighbors would always came over to admire it! This image brings back memories! Wonderful and very interesting information.

12 Apr 2018 11:03pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelles fleurs et vue quel rendu des tons et iamge sueprbe vue.

13 Apr 2018 2:25am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, AZ, United States

It's a gorgeous species - and now I know more about them! Thank you, Steven!

13 Apr 2018 3:45am

Ginnie from Suwanee, United States

What a gorgeous image of these flowers, Steven. I'll never forget years and years ago when I first heard that there are over 20,000 species of orchids (let alone untold hybrids). It blows the mind!

13 Apr 2018 4:22am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Glorious intensity of color !

13 Apr 2018 6:13am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Rho....magnifique !!!!!
Bonne journée à toi

13 Apr 2018 6:42am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Lovely colors, Phil

13 Apr 2018 8:12am

Joëlle from France

Belle déclinaison de couleurs, de quoi voir la vie en rose en somme :-)

13 Apr 2018 9:47am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Orchids are the most magnificent flowers. I'm always amazed about the number of varieties.

13 Apr 2018 1:41pm

mvdfotokraam from Netherlands

Oh... this is wonderful with her curly lilac skirts.

13 Apr 2018 2:00pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A gorgeous capture of this beautiful orchid.

13 Apr 2018 2:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


13 Apr 2018 3:19pm

Remus from Portugal

Beautiful orchid. I have several of them in pots. But of this kind I have none.
The level of sharpness and the DOF are perfect.

13 Apr 2018 4:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Stunning beauties, nicely framed and lit for this sharing.

13 Apr 2018 5:09pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Superbe variété ! Grand merci pour les détails.

13 Apr 2018 7:27pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

You know what? We usually use charcoal to grow orchids in Malaysia :)
Or simply tie them to a tree. They will grow just fine like that.

13 Apr 2018 9:18pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

So nice colors here.

13 Apr 2018 10:20pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

these are beautiful !

a very unique color

14 Apr 2018 12:30am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful focus, colors & lights!
Lovely flowers!

14 Apr 2018 8:13am

Don from Spokane, United States

A gorgeous capture of these beautiful flowers. It doesn't get any better than this!

14 Apr 2018 12:54pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Fantastic image, Steven...So beautiful, these Orchids!

14 Apr 2018 5:54pm