Laeliocattleya Star Parade ‘Volcano Queen’

I’ve been quite busy lately and haven’t had a chance to do a post on this orchid–The one flower it put out is starting to show signs of fading, so here it is:


I got this mini cattleya a few years ago as a division; I love the splashes of vibrant yellow and purple on the lip–The flower doesn’t have perfect form, but it’s still pleasing–


‘Volcano Queen’ has pseudobulbs and leaves that are only about 10 inches, making this hybrid perfect for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of room–One issue: I am concerned about the color break on the left petal–This could be a sign of a virus, an environmental issue or insect damage–Until I can test it, I’ll have to be careful to keep this one in an area away from the rest of the orchids–