Big flowers, sultry bronzed colors, and a bold two-tone lip: these are all the hallmarks of this singularly handsome, Brazilian species. This is an all-time favorite flower for Summer, with its large blooms easily reaching 6 inches across, some even bigger, and its hard to find color palette, all blooming from foliage that can stand 18 inches tall; as large specimens in full bloom these are real show-stoppers!
The distinctive bronze colors range from smoky fawn-brown to bright copper, and on rare occasion in golden hues. It's the signature lip, however, that really 'steals the show': the rich, rosy-pink lip shifts dramatically to a crimson throat so dark it can appear near-black on some flowers. A superb outdoor orchid!
Formerly classified as a Laelia
. Temperature Tolerant. June - July blooming. Species from Brazil.
Orchid of the Day: June 4, 2020