Cattleya schilleriana Rchb.f.

Schilleriana Cattleya (C.), Consul Schiller's Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Club-shaped pseudobulbs, reddish-purple with 2 leaves, green above, purple below. Blooms in summer and autumn on a short inflorescence, 1 to 5 flowers, to 4.5" diameter, fragrant, waxy, long-lived.

From Orchid Album Cattleya Schilleriana, so named by the late Professor Reichenbach in honour of Consul Schiller, who was instrumental in introducing so many new Orchids, is a handsome plant producing many fusiform pseudobulbs from a creeping rhizome each pseudobulb bearing two coriaceous dark green leaves which are oblong-lanceolate acute, from three to four inches long. The flowers are large and handsome, measuring as much as six inches across. The sepals and petals are yellowish, suffused with rose, and densely spotted and dotted with purple. The lip is large, the lateral lobes, which enclose the column, being white, veined and suffused with rosy purple the front lobe is ob-reniform, with crispulate edges, and of the richest amethyst-purple, veined with still deeper purple, while at the base is a patch of a golden yellow, veined with purple. C. Schilleriana is believed to be a natural hybrid between C. Aclandiae and C. guttata, both of which occur in Bahia, where C. Schilleriana is also supposed to have been collected.


Also known as C. schilleriana (1857).

Published in Berliner Allg. Gartenzeitung 25: 335 in 1857.

Native to Brazil.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 85: 5150 in 1859 as var. concolor which is a synonym and in Orchid Album 11: 525 in 1897.


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