The genus Cattleya (C) contains quite a few species from tropical South America. They do best in a medium that has good drainage and dry between watering. Give them a short dryer rest after blooming.
Cattleya trianaei grows in Colombia and is the national flower. It is cool to hot growing, fragrant, needs bright light and blooms in winter.
This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 4 1/2-inch clay pot. There are six pseudobulbs and two new growths. The plant stands 10 inches above the pot.
12/14/2012 - Moved into greenhouse, Blog entry
07/24/2011 - Re-potted in sphagnum/clay. There was some root loss.
TRIBE: Epidendreae SUBTRIBE: Laeliinae