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Old 12-02-2021, 12:52 PM
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Certainly a popular orchid among orchid growers ....... and there are variations in flower features (colour etc) among all the C. purpurata plants out there - all very nice.

Some nice features about this one here is the nice white coloured tepals, that goes quite well with the purple colour. The lines or veining within the throat area catches the eyes a bit too.

And the trumpet shape also reminds me a bit of morning glory sort of flowers.











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Old 12-02-2021, 12:59 PM
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A wonderful species, with a huge number of color forms. I have found that the different forms tend to bloom at slightly different times, so with a bunch of these, the show can go on for close to 2 months as the later ones kick in as the early ones fade. (For me, the semi-albas bloom on the early side, the intensely colored forms like striata, flamea, sanguinea are a little later, going into summer) One can't have too many purpuratas. (Except for the problem of running out of space, these tend to get big...)
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Also - if we look closely - at the first couple of flower pics ------ the top sepal (aka dorsal sepal) is curled. And that is how this flower opened naturally. And that is quite nice. Curly is nice.

But ----- it's easy to demonstrate that we can have a choice. In my case, all I needed to do was to use the 'flipped cat ear' idea ----- or the 'convex/concave' flip idea ------- where you can simply use your fingers to flip the sepal from convex back to concave ----- assuming that the initial 'convex' case is the case before doing the my 'manual' flipping. And once it is 'flipped' ----- the sepal can remain permanently and rigidly in that position.

The photograph taken with the flash was upon sun-down - and I didn't want to spend time with adjusting camera settings to cut down on over-exposure. I just wanted to take the pic to show what one can do with the dorsal sepal - if we want to. And I can always flip it back to the curly position again if I want to.

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One can't have too many purpuratas. (Except for the problem of running out of space, these tend to get big...)
Totally agree Roberta. It is a collection of jewels! Beautiful jewels. This one here had that first sheath sitting there for months. Might have even been 5 or 6 months before anything happened. And the second sheath started getting bud activity inside pretty much straight away. The buds are still in the sheath at the moment. I think they're just about to emerge.
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1- this flower is exceptional
2- the 'flipped cat ear' technique is perfectly named and hilarious

i love giving cats and dogs the "ear helmet" when you fold them both back LOL
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1- this flower is exceptional
2- the 'flipped cat ear' technique is perfectly named and hilarious i love giving cats and dogs the "ear helmet" when you fold them both back LOL
hahahaha DC! Oh geez. I seriously thought about what I typed just a moment ago - about car ear. I genuinely should have written dog/cat ear flip trick. That's when the dog or cat wakes up - after sleeping on their ear, and their ear is flipped haha.

Love what you mentioned about 'ear helmet'. That is the first time I had ever heard of it - and can imagine what it looks like. That is hilarious DC!!! hahaha ! Loved that description. I can picture it hehehe
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Some 'nature art' that I spotted this morning - thanks to one of the flowers pointing sort of skywards - so that I could see it.

Reminds me of Aerides.





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Wow. So GOEGEOUS! i could almost dedicate all my orchid space to these.
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Wow. So GOEGEOUS! i could almost dedicate all my orchid space to these.
There are so many gorgeous color forms of L. (C.) purpurata. Of course, you need other things so that you have flowers all year. But purpuratas in the spring/summer and C. intermedia in the spring and and C. labiata in the fall and L. anceps (which also come in a lot of different color forms) in the winter are a good start.
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Beautiful blooms!
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Didn't even know you had this one SP.
It's very nice.
So the season must just be starting for you over in Oz
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