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Aspasia lunata

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Aspasia lunata

Aspasia lunata

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Ripe blooming-size Aspasia lunata.

Features gorgeous speckled green flowers with white lips and flush purple throats.

Grows best in moderate indirect light and cool to warm conditions between 50 ° F-85 ° F.

Two + new growths & two + back growths in a 3.5 "pot in Infini-Mix.

- First photo shown represents a flower of a specimen in bloom. Blooms in individual specimens will vary.
- Plants come in pot unless indicated otherwise.
- All listings feature exact item shown unless indicated otherwise. The plant you see is the plant you receive.


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We carefully pack to ship plants in spike or bud. However, we cannot guarantee the spikes / buds / flowers will arrive intact due to circumstances beyond our control. Plants with broken / blasted spikes, buds or flowers do not warrant replacement. All plants listed in bloom have been in flower at varying lengths of time. We cannot guarantee your plant will still be in flower by the time it arrives.

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Young Plants

The young plants are supplied in pots of 5.50 cm (2 inch) or in pots of 6.50 cm (2.50 inch). You can expect the first flower in 6 months to 2 years, but for some species it can take longer. For example, miniature orchid plants do flower more quickly than orchid plants that grow large.

Set Of Young Plants

If you would like to buy several young plants, please choose set of young plants. Buying 5 or more young plants, you pay € 6.32 instead of € 7.90 per plants which means a saving of 20%.

Young Plants - Advantage Set

If you wish to place a large order, please choose young plants - advantage set. Ordering 10 or more young plants, you pay only € 5.27 instead of € 7.90 per plant which is a saving of 33% .

The images should give an impression of the later flower however, the flower might look slightly different. For young plants that are hybrids, which we have no photos available for, we show the seed parent on the left, and the pollen parent on the right. With this kind of seedling the plants are always variable therefore, each small orchid plant will be unique.

Both species and hybrid plants have been selected for flowering quality and quantity from the best seed and pollen parents. New ideas for hybrid crosses are included in our current plants again using strong and trusted favorites.

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Aspasia - Life in Athens

and some modern scholars, in Athens Aspasia became a hetaera and probably ran a brothel. Hetaerae were professional high-class entertainers, as well as courtesans. Besides developing physical beauty, they differed from most Athenian women in being educated (often to a high standard, as in Aspasia's case), having independence, and paying taxes. They were the nearest thing perhaps to liberated women and Aspasia, who became a vivid figure in Athenian society, was probably an obvious example. According to Plutarch, Aspasia was compared to the famous Thargelia, another renowned Ionian hetaera of ancient times.

Being a foreigner and possibly a hetaera, Aspasia was free of the legal restraints that traditionally confined married women to their homes, and thereby was allowed to participate in the public life of the city. She became the mistress of the statesman Pericles in the early 440s. After he divorced his first wife (c. 445 BC), Aspasia began to live with him, although her marital status remains disputed. Their son, Pericles the Younger, must have been born by 440 BC. Aspasia would have to have been quite young, if she were able to bear a child to Lysicles c. 428 BC.

In social circles, Aspasia was noted for her ability as a conversationalist and adviser rather than merely an object of physical beauty. According to Plutarch, their house became an intellectual center in Athens, attracting the most prominent writers and thinkers, including the philosopher Socrates. The biographer writes that, despite her immoral life, Athenian men would bring their wives to hear her converse.

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Blue orchids, dream and desire.

Even if a little lavender, the light blue in orchid flowers is always fascinating
If I ever had a choice, I would look for all orchids that produce coherent-toned flowers. For example, when Cattleya bloom with coheral flowers it is always a good sight. In December, my greenhouse is painted blue ... this year a little less actually, but that was enough to enjoy beautiful blooms.

Here are some flowers.

Lc. Mariner 'Far Horizon'
Beautiful hybridization, in some respects very similar to the very famous Cattleya Portia 'coerulea'. Lc. Mariner appears in orchidophilia scenes almost 50 years after the first experiments to obtain coherent flowers. This Hybrid was registered in 1961 and is an almost primary cross, its parents are (C. Ariel x L. purpurata).
As can be seen from the names of the orchids used for the new cross, a species enters the genealogy that mixes its DNA with that of an old primary hybrid created in 1913: C. Ariel (C. bowringiana x C. gaskelliana).
This hybrid, it has already been written, closely resembles C. Portia 'coerulea', the same structure as the plant (genes of C. bowringiana), the same flowering period (autumn), the only difference is found in the lip: the throat is more yellow and the outer part more marked with purple (genes of L. pururata).

Among the species of Cattleya, many fans find the many varieties of Cattleya walkeriana fragrant species and very variable in the chromatic tones of its flowers, including the coerulea one Cattleya walkeriana it is the only one of its kind to have an association of orchidophiles entirely in his honor. The association brings together scholars and orchidophiles from Brazil, the native country of the species, and from Japan which has numerous growers transplanted to Brazilian soil.

Interior with coerulea orchid

The reasons for this success are many, one of them being the great variety of shapes and colors, which are not found in other species of the same genus. Books and various reviews have been dedicated in many scientific journals, but nevertheless it is difficult to find texts accompanied by photographs bearing witness to the many varieties of Cattleya walkeriana existing. Brazilian collectors will be able to perfect this work as they are lucky inhabitants of the endemic sites of this species.

Cattleya walkeriana Gardner 1843 Subgen Rhizantha
Synonyms: Bulbous cattleya Lindley 1847- Cattleya gardneriana Rchb.f 1870 Cattleya princeps B.Rod. 1877 - Cattleya schroederiana Rchb. f. 1883 - Cattleya walkeriana var. bulbous (Lindl.) Fowlie 1977 - Cattleya walkeriana var. princeps.
Epiphytic orchid with a sympathetic development native to Brazil, it lives at about 2000 meters above sea level, on trees along rivers.

It was at the turn of the years 1839 and 1840 when George Gardner (English botanist) visiting the Brazilian diamond zone Minas de Gerais (Minas Gerais is a state of Brazil located in the South East with the capital city of Belo Horizonte), he saw a small orchid on the trees, on the edge of small tributaries of the Rio das Velhas and Sao Francisco.
Gardner described this new species in detail by naming it Cattleya walkeriana in homage to his assistant and travel companion: Edward Walker.
The scientific description of this new species was published in "London Journal of Botany 2: 662", in 1843.
Subsequently, in 1847, Lindley sent to the botanical register, a new description of a similar botanical species, calling it however, Bulbous cattleya. His new description did not gain much acclaim and is now widely accepted as a synonym for Cattleya walkeriana. Today the epithet bulbous it is used to identify a subspecies with smaller, rounder pseudobulbs than the type species.
Still later, in 1877, Rodriguez Barbosa in "genera et species Orchidearum Novarum" described as a new species, an orchid very similar to walkeriana, calling her Cattleya princeps, now also relegated to subspecies. In support of Barbosa's thesis, however, it must be said that the one described by him lives in different areas and blooms at a different time than the typical specimen.

Morphological particularity of the Cattleya walkeriana.
Cattleya walkeriana, together with Cattleya nobilior, both belonging to the group "C. walkeriana " they are the only species to also produce basal inflorescences. In some cases, at the base of the last mature pseudobulb, new vegetation sprouts, which as it grows, instead of being structured in the shape of a pseudobulb with apical leaf / s, produces a peduncle with one or more flowers. This particularity manifests itself in the “bulbous and princeps” varieties, while the type species forms the peduncles in small apical sheaths of the young mature pseudobulbs. Most varieties bloom in the summer, while the"Princeps" in late autumn early European winter.

The plant has relatively short pseudobulbs (5-10 centimeters in height), cylindrical, spindle-shaped, very close to each other and placed in a disorderly manner. Each pseudobulb forms helical, leathery, rigid and deep green leaves: one or two depending on the variety. The flowers, from one to three for each sheath and / or basal stem, can reach 10 centimeters in width. The type species produces dark lilac colored flowers, vivid and bright, deliciously scented and long lasting.
The varieties and / or subspecies vary in shape and color of the flowers: alba (totally white sepals, petals and labellum), semi-alba (white sepals and petals and labellum all colored or only bordered with lilac), coerulea (vaguely blue flowers of variable intensity), concolor (all the flower of the same color).
Cattleya walkeriana Gardner 1843 - subspecies "bulbous and princeps". Regarding the chromatic variants of this species, the Brazilian orchidophiles, known for their fussiness in the collection of Cattleya and Laelia, they delight in dividing the varieties almost maniacally:
Alba - Albescens - Amoena - Aquinii - Coerulea - Coerulens - Concolor - Fantasia - Flamea - Lilacina - Perola - Rosada - Rubra - Semialba - Striata - Vinicolor.

Cattleya walkeriana it requires an intermediate temperature and good light, but suffers from both luminous excesses and periods of prolonged shade (in the second case the pseudobulbs tend to stretch and affect flowering). The cultivation on hardwood supports, cork rafts and pieces of "xaxim" fiber guarantees excellent results, in any case it can also be grown in pots with well-drained bark compost. This species does not tolerate excessive humidity and it is therefore advisable to place it in a fairly high and ventilated position in the greenhouse. Cattleya walkeirana it does not require a particular rest period, a slowdown in fertilization and winter wetting is sufficient.
The main enemy of this Cattleya it is the cottony cochineal, which must be kept under control with emergency actions, for example by passing the suspect plant with a toothbrush soaked in soap and water.
If the infestation is extensive, treatments with specific insecticides, preferably systemic, are recommended.

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