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Cattleya tenuis Slender Stemmed Cattleya


Slender Stemmed Cattleya , Cattleya tenuis


Cattleya tenuis Campacci & Vedovello 1983

Fragrance,  Part sun, Hot To Cool Southern Hemisphere, Fall

Common Name The Slender Stemmed Cattleya

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

This is a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte from inland Pernambuco and Bahia states, Brazil at elevations of 1000 to 1200 meters in dense, semi-arid thickets on small treetrunks or on rocks below with a long [to 3'], slender pseudobulb carrying 2 apical, thin, narrow, pointed leaves that needs a distinct dry winter rest which in turn will bring about blooming, mostly in the late summer and fall on a terminal, to 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence subtended by a broad sheath and giving rise to heavy textured, waxy, fragrant flowers that can be long or short lived. This species has cylindrical, elongate pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, spreading, elliptic-oblong, very coriaceous leaves.