Cattleya harpophylla (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg

Sickle-leaf Laelia, Sickle-leaf Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Thin pseudobulb with single sword-shaped leaf. Erect terminal 6" inflorescence spike. Narrow, orange petals. Lighter lip.

From Orchid Album Leelia harpophylla is an evergreen species, with thin stems and long narrowish pointed foliage, of a dark green colour ; it grows a foot or more in height, the flower-spike proceeding from a sheath at the top of the stem, and rising about six inches above it, several flowers growing together on the spike. The blossom is of a beautiful bright orange -vermilion, and the lip is edged with white. It is a free-flowering plant, blooming in March, April, and May, and continuing its inflorescence for four or five weeks.


Published in Neodiversity 3(1): 7 in 2008.

Basionym Laelia harpophylla Rchb.f. Pictured in Orchid Album 3: 117 in 1884.

Native to Brasil.

Synonym Laelia cowanii Rolfe.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Orange flowers, numerous flowers, flat shape, small lip and flower size are dominant. Usually no fragrance, thin pseudobulbs and medium height. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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