Cattleya lawrenceana Rchb.f.

Sir Trevor Lawrence's Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Single leaf with purple spots. Blooms in spring and summer on 4" inflorescences, flowers to 5" diameter.

From Orchid Album Cattleya Lawrenceana grows from a foot to fifteen inches high, bearing dark furrowed stems and deep green leaves ; the flower spike issues from a brownish sheath on the top of the bulb, and bears as many as nine of its richly coloured blossoms: our own plant, here figured, bore seven large blooms. The flowers stand out boldly, and produce a fine effect; the sepals and petals are of a fine rosy purple, the lip a rich dark rosy purple, and the throat white. It blooms during March and April, and continues in full beauty for four weeks if excluded from damp.


Published in Gard. Chron. n.s. 23: 338 in 1885.

Native to Venezuela and Guyana.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 116: 7133 in 1890 and in Orchid Album 8: 324 in 1889.


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