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percivaliana is a species of the Venezuelan Andes and is found mostly
in Trujillo state but also neighboring states of Lara and Merida.
It can be found between the elevations of 4000-6500 feet (1200-2000m).
percivaliana grows both on trees and on rocks.
At higher elevations it can be seen growing on steep rock faces.
Sometimes it can
be found growing among grasses and low shrubs as a lithophyte.
Often, it has the company of other orchids such as epidendrums and sobralias.
percivaliana plants are smaller than some other labiate cattleyas
and the flowers usually have a nice full shape.
several desirable color forms of C. percivaliana besides the typical
This is the well known semi-alba type, 'Carace'. Other colors are coerulea and albescens.
'Summit' is probably the most famous dark lavender 'perci'.
Here is the
famous tree in Paramo de Sisi where the first 'Carace'
was placed by the late Rafaelito Canizales' mother many years ago.
Nobody knows exactly where the original plant was collected.
All semi-alba C. percivaliana come from that plant. The plants
in the foreground are what remains of Rafaelito's collection.
Some of the
other orchids that can be found growing in the same area as
C. percivaliana are Epidendrum secundum, which also occurs in other colors.
unguiculatum has pendant panicles of greenish-yellow flowers.
Here it is growing on a rocky road cut.
violacea is a widespread species with flowers that range from
lavender blue to almost white.
People who live
in areas where these fabulous cattleyas grow tend to
take them for granted. Here we see C. percivaliana growing on a rooftop in Carace.
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