Cattleya lawrenceana Rchb.f.

Sir Trevor Lawrence's Cattleya


Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant

Description: 

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.

History: 

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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