Rhyncattleanthe Love Triangle 'Perfect Blush' (5.5" pot blooming size)
New! We obtained a group of these two years ago with a large purchase of cattleya clones that were supposed to all be blooming size. FINALLY, we have one in bloom to show! While we know the cross produces great results, the clonal name of 'Perfect Blush' threw us off, since we would normally expect intense, deep colors from the cross of Ctt. Chocolate Drop x Rlc. San Damiano. The wholesale supplier couldn't provide a photo, so we have been patiently waiting to see just how these would turn out. As you can see in our photo, these are intensely colored deep lacquered red-orange flowers with a purple lip. There is a lighter blush on the side lobes of the lip as they curl around the column, so perhaps this led to the somewhat misleading clonal name. In any event, after two years the plants are now nice and full, with two or three active leads. The growths can have one or two leaves and are topping out at about 12 inches for now, but we think they can get a couple inches taller as the plants mature. The fragrant flowers are large for this type of breeding, at 5 inches across, and will come in clusters up to 5 as the plants grow older. The color is hard to photograph, but after many attempts we think we have it as good as we can get it. What is missing is the shiny lacquerd glow of the deep orange-red segments, and the velvety luminous quality of the trumpet shaped lip. Flowering can occur at various times of the year, favoring summer and winter. We have a very limited number of these to offer, so limit one per customer.
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