Cattleya Orchid
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Cattleya Orchid
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cattleya Orchid
Botanical name: Cattleya labiata    Family: Orchidaceae (orchid family)

When we think about orchids, first of all, we think about Cattleya. To some people, it is difficult to accept some genera as orchid because they have, deeply in their mind, that the "form" of an orchid is the form of a Cattleya. The popularity of the orchid family is due, in most part, to the wonderful appearance of the flowers of the species of this genus. The most attractive and colored part is the lip and the petals and sepals have, in general, the same color. Closely related to another genus, Laelia, there are some important differences between them. The mainly is the number of pollinia, while Cattleya has 4, Laelia has 8. This genus is distributed throughout the North (Mexico), Central and South America .

Identification credit: Harangad Singh Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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