Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cattleya cernua blooms

Blooming Cattleya cernua on mount

     My Cattleya cernua (also known as Sophronitis cernua) bloomed exactly 4 weeks after the bud first appeared.  The spike produced one single flower that is exactly 1" across.  The color is a reddish red-orange that is quite accurately represented in the picture above (or at least it is on my monitor).  There is no scent.

Closeup of Cattleya cernua flower

     My flower bloomed redder than many images I've seen online.  I expect that the recent cold temperatures (my orchid shelves are situated next to an always open window) as well as its close proximity to the light source have combined to intensify the red color.  
     The lip has a bright yellow near the center of the bloom, which fades into an orange-red of the rest of the petals.  The tips of the column are intensely purple.

     Below, is a series of photographs showing the bud maturation during the past month.  I found it interesting how the bud color changed from green, to a nearly black purple, before acquiring the reddish hue of the eventual flower.

Week 0

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Cattleya cernua bud 2 days before opening

Mounted Cattleya cernua in bloom


  1. Congratulations! I appreciate the care needed to get one of these lovely blooms! Just bck from the Orchid Species Society Show at Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Brisbane Aus. Will post photos on Flora...

  2. Beautiful! I like the red bud as much as the open bloom picture - so cute.

    1. Haha, I know what you mean! The bud reminded me so much of a red cherry, I wanted to taste it ;)

  3. Congrats! The bloom is gorgeous. I love the smaller Cattleya species, the leaves are also pretty adorable too.

  4. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    Pls let me know where do I get one of this plant,love it....lucky you.I live close to Brisbane