Cattleya crispata (Thunb.) Van den Berg

Cliff-dwelling Laelia, Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant

Size: To 20" tall


Various colors from yellow to pink. Broad base on pseudobulbs but tapered to the top with a narrow leaf.

From Orchid Album Laelia flava is a remarkably distinct evergreen species with ovate bulb-like stems a few inches in height, hearing stout leathery, dark green leaves, and from the apex of the bulbs, after they have become matured, an erect flower scape terminating in a cylindraceous raceme of eight or ten flowers. The colour of the blossoms is a clear yellow, the sepals and petals being linear-oblong, obtuse, and the lip oblong, with the side lobes plane folded up over the column, and the front portion crispy, recurved, the disk bearing a crest of four elevated veins divergent at the tips. This rare species blooms during the months of March, April and May, it lasts three weeks in beauty, and is a native of Brazil.


Published in Neodiversity 3(1): 6 in 2008.

Basionym Cymbidium crispatum Thunb.

Native to Brazil.

Synonym Laelia flava Lindl. - pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #19 in 1900 and in Orchid Album 5: 226 in 1886. Also Laelia crispata (Thunb.) Garay.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Laelia lava used to create yellow or bronze flowers. Dominates flower shape, small lip, size, no fragrance and habit. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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