This week’s orchid is the Cattleya guttata, a smaller, speckled species of Cattleya. This orchid is found in Brazil, often near the coast:
The blooms on this Cattleya range from two to four inches in size, whereas the blooms of other Cattleya species can be up to eight inches across (or more)!
Cattleya guttata can be found in other colors, like this maroon-tinged version:
Beautiful, isn’t it?? Many Cattleya flowers are two-toned in color or are monochrome with a sort of watercolor-esque feel. So it’s fun to see a Cattleya variety with unexpected markings like this one’s speckles.