This Cattleya has many named color varieties; a recent Brazilian nursery catalog offered 29 different choices. The peloric variety “aquinii” (also often called “flammea”) is responsible for creating the true “splash petal” Cattleya hybrid. C. intermedia occurs along the Atlantic seacoast from Rio de Janeiro southward into Rio Grande do Sul. At Cabo Frio it can be found growing in low scrub with roots extending into the sand dunes. Being from sea level, in cultivation, a constant intermediate temperature (50-85.F) range is preferred throughout the year. This species resents being disturbed. Repot only when there is strong, active root growth and lengthening days ahead.