Tuesday, July 08, 2008

What a Lip!

This is a picture of Cattleya dowiana variety aurea. This one was brought into American Orchid Society judging on Monday. While it was used to attempt to breed yellow cattleya hybrids, one of it's most stunning qualities is that brilliant red lip with the vivid yellow veining (wow!). The species was discovered in 1850 and is in the background of many of today's cattleya hybrids.

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