The Cattlianthe Rojo is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 1965 and created by Rod McLellan Co. as a cross between Cattlianthe aurantiaca and Cattleya milleri. This hybrid is a medium sized Cattleya orchid which can produce clusters of red-orange flowers. Being that its parents are species orchids, the Cattlianthe Rojo is not a complex hybrid.
Blooms are small, measuring about 4-5 cm across. However this orchid is a cluster bloomer, this means it can produce up to 6-8 flowers per inflorescence.
The color is a very attractive fiery red, making this orchid very desirable, as red flowered orchids are not a very common occurrence. The lip has a yellow orange coloration that creates a great contrast with the red petals.
The blooms have no fragrance, but this orchid can bloom at any time of the year from the newly produced pseudobulbs. The sepals and petals are thin and elongated, giving the flower a star like appearance. The spike can grow tall, in some cases reaching 10-15 cm.
This orchid produces pseudobulbs, also known as canes, that are about 10 cm in height and about 2 cm in width. They usually produce one single leaf, which makes this a unifoliate Cattleya, but 2 leaves might sometimes be produced randomly.
The leaves measure between 10 and 15 cm in lenght and are about 3 cm in width, presenting a pointy tip. When receiving bright light the pseudobulbs may develop a reddish coloration, this doesn’t mean the orchid is sunburned though.
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 6-8 months to mature. This orchid usually produces a sheath from which the spike emerges, which might stay green, or dry completely before buds start to show.
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 Cattlianthe Rojo is an easy orchid to grow.
Cattlianthe Rojo 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