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CATTLEYA x patrocinii

Image of Cattleya x patrocinii

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Family

Orchidaceae

Botanical Name

CATTLEYA x patrocinii

Plant Common Name

Corsage Orchid, Patrocinio's Cattleya

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

With a catchy name and pretty wavy-petaled pink to deep rose flowers in autumn, Cattleya x patrocinii, Patrocinio's cattleya, is a medium-sized epiphytic (growing on another plant) tender perennial. It is native to southeastern Brazil and a naturally occurring hybrid between Cattleya warneri and Cattleya guttata. This orchid will form a leggy cluster upon a tree branch, or in a wood basket or heavy pot in frost-free gardens.

Two stiff, oblong, leathery light green leaves grow from each slender pseudobulb. New growth is put on in spring and matures in the warmth and rains of summer. In autumn a pseudobulb will form one to a few of its fragrant flowers on fleshy stalks. Each blossom is light pink to deep fuchsia-rose and a darker hued lip. The specialized flower is pollinated by a certain-sized bee that can enter the lip and exit the flower. The plant becomes dormant across winter.

Grow Patrocinio's cattleya in nearly full sun to dappled partial sun. No soil can be used; rather the plant can be supported in a coarse bark or charcoal media that allows water to freely drain. High humidity, excellent air circulation, and frequent rainfall in the warmth of spring through fall is ideal; allow the plant to be slightly drier and receive more light in autumn and winter. Leaves can scorch in 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.

Use the cutflowers for leis, hair decals, table garnishes or floral arrangements. Consider repotting this orchid only if it is greatly rootbound, and then only after it finishes flowering and new roots are beginning to elongate.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • 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

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No