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A SPECIES OF: Cattleya Orchids

ALSO KNOWN AS: Cattleya Orchid, Autumn Cattleya, and Ruby-lipped Cattleya

BOTANICAL NAME: Cattleya Labiata

SYMBOLISM: Resilience and endurance.

DESCRIPTION: The plant has long leaves, with a tough (coriaceous) consistency because of the aridity in the canopy of trees, due to a short dry season. Flowers are white or lavender colored with a darker spot in the lip. The result is a capsule with a very large number of seeds (10,000 to 20,000). 

NAME STORY: Crimson Cattleya: Cattleya is a genus of orchids that are from Costa Rica south to Argentina. During the wet season, new leaves grow out from the plant rapidly, producing a large-flowered inflorescence. Since most of the flowers are in crimson red, it is called crimson cattleya. 

INTERESTING FACTS: Discovered in Brazil in 1818. This plant grows in the northeastern area of Brazil, in the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas. They grow to different sizes depending on the area from which they originate. Those that are growing in Pernambuco are smaller, with small but colored flowers, with most of them being lilac. The interior part of the flower is a dark lilac color. Plants from Alagoas are bigger and have larger flowers. Some varieties have large white flowers with a touch of yellow. This plant is an epiphyte, growing up in trees, where light is plentiful. However, there are also many other places where this plant could grow, such as directly on rock with very little soil.