The Cattleya Tokyo Magic is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 1993 and created by Tokyo O.N. as a cross between Cattleya Irene Finney (1964) and Cattleya briegeri. The bright yellow golden coloration of the flowers is a trademark of this orchid, along with its beautiful fragrance.
Blooms are medium sized, measuring about 8-10 cm in diameter. This orchid produces well defined flowers, unlike some Cattleya hybrids which can be described as floofy flowered.
The sepals are pretty compact well defined and elongated. The petals are broader, while both the sepals and petals have a deep golden yellow color. Sometimes a blush of purple can appear on the petals. The lip is small and narrow, market with a bright purple tip which appears very velvety.
The blooms are moderately to strongly fragrant and have a floral scent, which reminds of lilies and roses. The scent is more noticeable in the morning hours, but completely fades in the evening and night. The orchid can produce 1 to 4 flowers per inflorescence that sprout from a sheath at the top of a maturing cane.
This orchid usually blooms once a year in the warm months and each flower can last up to 4-6 weeks, or a bit more, depending on environment. After the blooms fall the spike can be cut close to the base, as it will not rebloom again.
The pseudobulbs, also known as canes, are about 10-15 cm in height and about 1-3 cm in width, with an elongated shape. The normal color for this orchid is light green. The leaves are long and rather slender, measuring about 10-12 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width. This Cattleya type orchid is a unifoliate orchid, meaning it only produces one leaf on top of each cane.
The roots are thin and healthy roots are white, but as they age they can turn green when wet. When in active growth they have bright green tips. New growths usually appear at the base of the cane that just finished flowering and take about 6-7 months to mature. This orchid usually produces a sheath from which the spike emerges. The sheath might be green, or brown and dry when the buds start to emrge.
Propagation of this orchid can be done through division, each division should have at least 3 fully grown pseudobulbs for a fast growth further on.
Soft spots: rotting of the new growth if water gets trapped within the sheaths.
Overall the Cattleya Tokyo Magic is an easy orchid to grow, as long as bright light is provided.
Cattleya Tokyo Magic Basic care:
Light: Bright to very bright
Humidity: Tolerant to low humidity, over 40% ideal
Water: Let the media dry between waterings
Growth cycle: not deciduous, does not require a winter rest, does not regularly shed leaves, can bloom all year round