Cattleya intermedia 'La Violetera'

White sepals and petals with blue-purplish mid-lobe which placed it as a variety “Caerulea”. We can notice a golden yellow streak in the central vein of the petals identifying it as a “Peloriada”. Hard to be classified.

C. labiata 'Emília'

This flower presents a very irregular blooming. On the first photo, it is outstanding, justifying its tradition. On the second, we can see darker lilac stained edges of the segments. This anomaly doesn't allow classify it as a traditional “Flamed”, due to the fact that the blotches are also presented in the edges of the sepals. On the third, it bloomed as a "striated".

C. warneri 'Boneca'

Considering the imperfection, the form is quite good. Wide and round petals. We can't deep analyze because the charm is the anomaly which fits the concept of “Trilabiate”. The petals show whitish blotches in the inside part. The edges of the petals are slight strangulated showing a purple color in the central lobe of the lip, thus we can also classify it as a "aquinada'.
(Boneca = Doll)

Normal blooming

Anomalous blooming

C. warneri 'Flamenga'

Analyzing this flower, we should criticize the petals strangulation but if we examine better, we see a dark lilac blotch at the edges. The lip shows a small mid-lobe totally dark purple which allow to classify as a “Tipe”. In the other blooming, we see an aberration showing normal segments with lip, just a exposed column. We notice that the blotches at the petals edges are present, proving that this a regular characteristic.

C. labiata 'Nunca Mais'

It is hard to identify the welded segments. It seems that the lateral sepals took the place of the petals. THe superior petal, the petals and the lip are welded, letting the column exposed. I think it is a perfection in the imperfection. The lilac coloring is uniformly distributed, with lighter hue beneath the column, showing a characteristic of a tube that doesn't exist. This plant never bloom again.
(Nunca mais = Never more)

C. intermedia 'Salto'

It is a beautiful representative of the flamed. Round petals overlaying the sepals in a good shape.The lip is also well arranged. The coloring is lilac, showing in the edges of the not-strangulated petals the same purple color in the mid-lobe.

C. intermedia 'Fogo de Palha'

Sepals and lip following a normal structure. The petals are well disposed and show a hollow in the edges. It is a floral aberration without specific qualification.

C. intermedia 'Farroupilha'

This flower is basically a 'semi-alba - aquinada' because the base of its segments is white, broken by the red-blood coloring. As we can see, there are some spots in the sepals, so we can identify it as a 'puntacta'. We do not should do a polemic about its perfection.

C. intermedia 'Bandoleira'

As structure, it shows a good ensemble. Its lilac coloring shows s purple striate streak in the central nervures of the petals a which fit as a 'flamed'. It is a 'trilabiate' because the color anomaly is presented in the petals.


Normal blooming

Anomalous blooming

Laelia purpurata 'Raimundo Mesquita'

I consider this flower as a 'semi-alba - Flamed', but the veins which form the color completes its classification as a 'striated'. The color, uncommon for the species, is excellent.
Going on with the remarks about this beautiful purpurata, I would register the anomaly where one of the petals is welded with the sepals. The lip keeps its normal form as well as the color.

C. labiata 'Ponta Negra'

It is a lilac that shows a perfect structure. The lip, although having a good structure, shows a defect in the veins of the mid-lobe, damaging the appearance.

Normal blooming

Anomalous blooming

Laelia purpurata 'Divina Dama'

On the first photo, we see a well formed flower.
On the second, the mid-lobe is completely deformed. (Divina Dama = Divine Lady)

C. labiata 'Barra da Tijuca'

Its “Lilac" segments gather good attributes. The mid-lobe shows a normal color but the edge is atrophied.

C. intermedia 'Borboleta Azul'

This is a cross of 'semi-alba-aquinada and 'Farroupilha'.
I classified it as caerulea.
Inside the lineage of 'aquinadas', it holds a good position.

(Borboleta Azul = Blue Butterfly)

 Photos: João Paulo Fontes

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