Cattleya crispa Lindl.

Crisped Cattleya, Crisped Laelia

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Single leaf, notched. Blooms in summer on 12" inflorescence, 4 to 9 flowers, fragrant, to 5" diameter.


Published in Bot. Reg. 14: 1172 in 1828: This splendid epiphyte was sent from Rio Janeiro to the Horticultural Society by Sir Henry Chamberlayne, Bart, in 1826. It flowered in the stove in the Chiswick Garden in August 1827. It is very distinct from all the other species of Cattleya, both in colour and in the form of the labellum and other segments of the flower.

Native to Brasil.

Basionym Laelia crispa (Lindl.) Rchb.f.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 68: 3910 in 1842 and pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #11 in 1897 (as L. crispa).


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Used to increase flower numbers. Pastel color and crimped lip mostly dominant. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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