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Orchid Cattleya aclandiae

Cattleya aclandiae, color

We're in the midst of a late winter snow storm, the perfect time to show off an orchid. This one is a Brazilian species, Cattleya aclandiae, named in honor of Lady Lydia Elizabeth Ackland, who was the first European to grow the plant successfully. Besides the beautiful colors, these flowers produce an aroma that can best be described as reminiscent of a middle east spice bazaar. Just the thing to lift one's spirits while the snow is falling. This is the first bloom for this plant, so it's a bit smaller than what I'd expect from this species being ca. 2.5 inches across. Another flower spike is on the way, so that flower may be larger.

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