This uncommon species gets its name from the Sao Fidelis Mountains near Rio de Janeiro, the location where it was first discovered. The flowers of this compact plant are about 3.5 inches across, lavendar-pink with an unusual purple cast, and a distinctive ruffled lip that ends in a point and has a white center.
The blooming habit is also distinctive, producing arching to cascading stems, a good plant for a hanging basket. Most also have a pleasantly sweet fragrance. Its culture is similar to Cattleya purpurata making it well suited for growing alongside Cymbidiums, or with the indoor growing Cattleyas.
For taxonomy enthusiasts, this plant was recently reclassified as a Cattleya, it was previously known as Laelia fidelensis.
Temperature Tolerant. August blooming. Species from Brazil.
With one spike, $35.
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