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Cattleya iricolor Rainbow-colored Cattleya


Rainbow-colored Cattleya , Cattleya iricolor


Cattleya iricolor Rchb. f. 1874

Common Name Rainbow-colored Cattleya

Flower Size 3 1/2" [8 cm]

Found in Peru and Ecuador in the eastern Andes as an ascending, unifoliate epiphyte in wet montane forests, high up in tall tree branches at elevations of 400 to 1220 meters and is a rare, warm to hot growing, erect epiphytic species with clavate, slightly compressed, pseudobulbs that become sulcate with age and carries a single, apical, narrowly oblong-elliptic or oblong, acute, conduplicate towards the base, coriaceous leaf that has a few smaller flowers, for the genus, on a terminal, erect, 2 1/2" [6.25 cm] long, few [6 to 10] flowered inflorescence arising from a conduplicate sheath on a newly emerging pseudobulb and is held at mid-leaf all occurring in the late winter and spring.