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Vol. 15(7), pp. 2-10The McAllen International Orchid Society JournalJuly 2014

Midsummer Flowers

R J Ferry

One may think of cattleyas in one's collection as dominating the flowering during the fall and winter seasons in the northern hemisphere, but this does not take into consideration the Brazilian bifoliate cattleyas! In late March, here at 343JWT, we've seen Cattleya amethystoglossa, a plant reaching close to a meter in height with its clustered inflorescence held well above the long fusiform pseudobulb. We won't go into it here, but this is a species much used in hybridization!

Fig. 1. Cattleya amethystoglossa (no Pl#; a plant of the late Mike Zeplin). Digital photo DSC_629; Tues-21Mar-06.

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