Cattleya schofieldiana Rchb.f.

Schofield's Cattleya

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


From Gard. Chron. n.s.: A very unexpected novelty. Mr. Law Schofield, Rawtenstall, near Manchester, has kindly sent me a sketch, that proves the habit to be that of Cattleya granulosa, whose neighbour it is. The " light " bulbs are slender, 16 inches high, by 3/4 inch round. Leaves two, dark green, 6 inches long by 2 inches broad. The flower is superior to that of Cattleya granulosa, and bears sepals and petals of light greenish-yellow. The petals are exceedingly peculiar, quite distinct from anything to be seen in my rich collection of flowers of Cattleya granulosa, very narrow at the base, very broad and blunt at the top. The lip is like that of Cattleya' granulosa, side laciniae whitish, mid lacinia fine purple-amethyst, covered with lamellae and papulae. The great difficulty was to form an opinion about the position of the plant from a single flower. There are two extraordinary leading features. The totally new shape of the petals, and the totally new covering of the lip with lamella: and papulae of the brightest purple, arranged in a quite distinct manner from those of Cattleya granulosa. The origin of the plant is that well-known place— Mr. Stevens' great room— July 3, 1879. I have ventured to dedicate it to its lucky possessor, Mr. G. Law Schofield, New Hall, Hey, Rawtenstall, near Manchester, hoping to have a few fresh flowers next year, as, I am sorry to say, my description of the colours, excepting that of the glorious purple tints, may prove to have been taken from the fading flower, and, at all events, a control of the features appears very desirable. " Species are judgments," says our grand-master, Asa Gray, with condensed United States logic, and it is very desirable to revise our judgments now and then.


Published in Gard. Chron. n.s. 18: 808 in 1882.

Pictured in Orchid Album 2: 93 in 1883.

Native to Brazil.

Basionym of Cattleya granulosa var. schofieldiana (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent.


Sources of Information

© 2010-12 Lisa J. Miner