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Cattleya trianae

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Kingdom  Plantae
Subfamily  Epidendroideae
Subtribe  Laeliinae
Scientific name  Cattleya trianae
Rank  Species
Family  Orchidaceae
Tribe  Epidendreae
Alliance  Cattleya
Higher classification  Cattleya orchids
Order  Asparagales
Cattleya trianae IOSPE PHOTOS
Similar  Cattleya orchids, Orchids, Cattleya labiata, Cattleya mossiae, Cattleya percivaliana

Cattleya trianae

Cattleya trianae (Lindl & Rchb. fil), also known as Flor de Mayo ("May flower") or "Christmas orchid", is a plant belonging to the Orchidaceae family. It grows as an epiphytic orchid, with succulent leaves, endemic to Colombia where it was nominated as the national flower in November 1936. That year, the National Academy of History of Argentina asked the Latin American countries to participate in an exhibition with the representative flowers of each country. The Colombian government gave the botanist Emilio Robledo the task to designate the most representative flowering plant of the country.

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The choice of Cattleya trianae was made for two main reasons:

  • The lip is yellow, blue and red, in the same way as the Colombian flag.
  • The species was named after the 19th century Colombian botanist José Jerónimo Triana.

  • Cattleya trianae Cattleya trianae Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    The species grows at 1500–2000 meters above sea level, in Cloud forests. It is an endangered species due to habitat destruction.

    The diploid chromosome number of C. trinae has been determined as 2n = 40. the haploid chromosome number has been determined as n = 20.


    Cattleya trianae Wikipedia

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