Cattleya mossiae C.Parker ex Hook.

Mrs. Moss' Cattleya, Easter Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Single leaf and flowers on a 12" terminal inflorescence. Very fragrant, blooms in spring. Flowers to 8" diameter.

From Bot. Mag. The flowers are very considerably the largest yet known in any of this superb family ; the colour is equally striking', with which no art of the pencil can attempt to vie, and we may add that the fragrance is most powerful... The diameter of this splendid flower is, from the tip of the upper sepal to the tip of the labellum, seven inches and a half; from tip to tip of the two opposite petals eight inches and a half! each petal being a little more than four inches long, and two inches and a half in breadth: — twenty-four inches in the circumference of the entire blossom!

From Orchid Album Cattleya Mossiae forms an evergreen tuft of club-shaped stems with dark green leaves, one being borne at the top of each stem, and from the base of these leaves the spathe appears, and eventually brings forth the noble blossoms, three or five together, of large size, varying from six to seven inches across. In some of the varieties the sepals and petals are pale rose coloured, and the lip also pale rose, veined and splashed with bright magenta, the throat being orange.


Published in Bot. Mag. 65: 3669 in 1839.

Native to Venezuela.

Also published in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Cattleya plate 9 in 1897 and plate 9a (flower from M. de Langhe) and in Orchid Album 6: 246 in 1887.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Used for spring bloomers. Dominant lip pattern. Gives good number of flowers. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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