Cattleya jongheana (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg

Jonghe's Laelia, Jonghe's Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Miniature. Single leaf. Inflorescence to 5" long with 5" diameter flowers in winter and spring.


Published in Neodiversity 3: 8 in 2008.

Basionym Laelia jongheana Rchb.f. - pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #17 in 1900 and in Bot. Mag. 99: 6038 in 1873: According to Professor Keichenbach this very distinct and beautiful plant was discovered by M. Libon, an ill-fated young traveller, who fell a victim to his zeal in the Brazils, and after whom the pretty genus Libonia was named ; and the introduction is due to Mr. de Jonghe of Brussels, an eminent cultivator, after whom it was named in accordance with M. Libon's wishes.

Native to Brazil.

Since this plant's name was not changed until 2008, it was until recently referred to as a Laelia.


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