Cattleya mossiae 'Willowbrook'

bayard(zone 6 / NJ)February 9, 2008

According to some authors, this plant is not pure mossiae, but a hybrid with lueddemaniana called C. Gravesiana.

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picotee_sofl(Z10)

That's a real eye-popper. The color is luscious.

Marci

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 4:42PM
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whitecat8(z4 MN)

Uh may zing. Doesn't even look real - more like a painting. Wow. Whitecat8

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 5:55PM
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triciami5(z5 MI)

Beautiful, lucious colors.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 7:16PM
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pheli(Taiwan)

How pretty. I like their goegeous lips.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2008 at 11:47PM
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scott361(7)

Very nice!
I've almost bought myself one, several times.
Probably should just go ahead and do it!;~)
Three flowers?
Or...are there more?
Scott

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 5:23AM
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knick-knack

Even if considered a hybrid to some, the flowers are beautiful.

How long does the bloom typically last?

-Harvey

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 12:43PM
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bayard(zone 6 / NJ)

Thanks for your comments!

Scott - There were two inflorescences originally. This one had four flowers, but I removed one so that the flowers wouldn't crowd.

Harvey - The flowers last at least three weeks.

Here's a better shot with the petals more open:

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 2:29PM
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knick-knack

Cool, 3 weeks+. I'll get one this coming spring at Hausermann.

IMHO, maybe this is why some think it's Gravesiana:
1) The lips are 'rounder' than most Mossiaes I've seen. It's shape is like C. Leudd. 'Arthur Chadwick'
2) Darker magenta coloration occurs more frequent in C. Leudds than in Mossiaes
3) I read somewhere that the natural habitat of the two species overlap.

Still, it's shape/form can compete or beat modern hybrids.

-Harvey

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 3:56PM
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sdahl(Near Yosemite)

That color is amazing!! Perfection all the way around!

Sharon

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 1:01PM
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clintdawley(z8 TX)

Whatever it is..it is truly breathtaking!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 2:00PM
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Sheila(8b SW Texas)

I agree with Clint....breathtaking!

Sheila :)

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 10:27PM
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