Cattleya praestans (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg

Outstanding Cattleya, Outstanding Laelia

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


From Orchid Album (Laelia praestans) A dwarf slender-growing plant, forming a horizontal rhizome, from which proceed roots on the lower side, and above small terete pseudobulbs, which are clothed with sheathing scales ; they are oblong, marked with slightly depressed parallel lines, some two inches in length, and bearing on the apex a single lead which is linear oblong, coriaceous in texture, about five inches in length, and one inch in breadth, deep green. Peduncle arising from a large sheath at the base of the leaf, and bearing a single flower which measures some four inches or more across. Sepals oblong, acute, spreading ; petals ovate, much broader than the sepals, all of a rich deep rosy purple ; lip large, three-lobed, thick and fleshy texture, trumpet-shaped, the side lobes enclosing the column and overlapping, middle lobe reflexed, deep rich purple, the throat orange -yellow. Column triquete.


Published in Neodiversity 3: 10 in 2008.

Basionym Laelia praestans Rchb.f. - pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #3 in 1896, Orchid Album 10: 433 in 1893 and in Bot. Mag. 91: 5498 in 1865.

Native to Brazil.


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