Cattleya labiata Lindl.

Crimson Cattleya, Ruby-lipped Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Single, apical leaf. Short inflorescence with 2 to 5 flowers, very variable color.

From Orchid Album Cattleya labiata is an evergreen plant, and is also one of the most free-flowering Cattleyas we have in cultivation, since every good growth brings its blossoms, a strong one, producing a spike of five flowers from a double sheath. The individual flowers are of large size, the sepals and petals pale soft rosy-pink, the lip rich magenta, margined with light rosy-pink, and the sides of the throat orange-yellow; they last in their freshness and beauty for some three or four weeks.

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Published in Coll. Bot. (Lindley) 33 in 1824.

Native to Venezuela and Brazil.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 69: 3998 in 1843, Orchid Album 2: 88 in 1883, and Edwards's Bot. Reg. 22: 1859 in 1836.

Introduced by William Swainson approx. 1818 to England.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Lavender-flowered group dominant in flower color, shape, size and lip pattern.

Blue-flowered group - color recessive except when crossed with other blues. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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