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Cattleya orchid defines "orchid" for most people, and its popularity is well deserved for its long-lasting gorgeous flowers and easy culture. Cattleya flowers last at least a week in water and bloom for about 4 weeks on the plant, with buds arising from a sheath.The genus is named for William Cattley, a wealthy English horticulturist who successfully bloomedsome of the first known. The words "Cattleya" or "Cattleya Alliance" are often loosely used to refer tothe numerous genera that interbreed readily, includingCattleya orchid,Brassavola, Epidendrum, Laelia, Rhyncholaelia, and Sophronitis, along with the many artificially made intergeneric hybridgenera such as Brassolaeliocattleya.

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