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CATTLEYA deckeri

Image of Cattleya deckeri

James H. Schutte

Family

Orchidaceae

Botanical Name

CATTLEYA deckeri

Plant Common Name

Decker's Cattleya, Decker's Corsage Orchid

General Description

Many violet-pink, lightly fragrant flowers are produced on Decker's cattleya in fall. An epiphytic orchid from the hot, lowland rainforests from Panama to Trinidad, it sometimes clasps to moist rocks as well as trees, under the protective shade of tropical shrubs. This orchid forms a loose cluster on a tree branch, wood basket or heavy pot.

Two oblong, stiff, leathery green leaves grow from each flattened pseudobulb. In fall, a mature pseudobulb will produce a fleshy stalk with two to eight blossoms. Each lightly fragrant blossom is rosy lavender with a deeper colored lip that has yellow spots in its throat.

Grow Cattleya deckeri in dappled partial sun to very bright partial shade. It is a true epiphyte that should be grown in pots with coarse bark or charcoal media. From spring through fall provide warmth, high humidity and excellent air circulation. In autumn and winter, allow if to become slightly drier and provide more light. Leaves can scorch in excessively hot afternoon sun, especially with low ambient humidity. Leaves also become overly yellow-green when light is too intense. Lack of sunlight also can prevent flowering. Repot only when it becomes rootbound, and then only after it finishes flowering.

Use the cut flowers for corsages and floral arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    12 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Fall

  • Native To

    Latin America and the Caribbean, Central America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Magenta, Lavender, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No