Cattleya bicalhoi Van den Berg

Caulescent Laelia, Caulescent Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Single leaf. Short inflorescence with 2" diameter flowers in summer and autumn.

From Gard. Chron. n.s. (L. dayana): An unexpected and lovely plant. Take a Laelia pumila, and give the top a very dark purplish border, similar very dark veins covered with dark, low lamella: ; that is the Laelia Dayana, named in honour of my excellent correspondent, Mr. Day, who most kindly sent me seven glorious flowers of this new Brazilian plant. If you look over all the Laelias we know of, there is only Laelia Jongheana that may be compared with it. Now, Laelia Jongheana has the well-known expanded flower ol Laellia majalis, the borders of the lip exceedingly crisp, and the lamellse much deeper ; also some short, abrupt lamella; on the sides at the base. Our plant has the more tubular shape of the flower of Laelia pumila, expanding only for awhile ; the sepals and petals are not very different in width, while the petals of Laelia Jongheana are much broader.


Published in Neodiversity 3: 4 in 2008.

Synonym Laelia dayana Rchb.f. - pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #14 in 1899 and published in Gard. Chron. n.s. 6: 772 in 1876. Also Laelia pumila var. dayana (Rchb.f.) Burbridge ex Dean.

Native to Brazil.


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