This Cattelya Walkeriana, a species from Brazil, bloomed this week.
I have a few Walkerianas and this is definitely the best one of the
purple ones I have. On the left I tried to show, not very succesfully,
both flowers at once, the sun hitting them from the right gives it a
more purplish tint than it really is. On the right I show the flower
and the second flower is almost perpendicular, which shows how “flat”
the sepals and petals are. This is one of the hallmarks of a good
flower. This plant is actually a cut from a mature plant that I traded
for with a friend about a year ago. The plant is very small and barely
rooted, but if this is the sign of things to come. Wow!