Cattleya walkeriana Gardner

Walker's Cattleya




Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


From Edwards's Bot. Reg.: A Mexican half-hardy herhaceous plant, raised in the garden of the Horticultural Society, where the accompanying figure was made in September, 1839. When young its leaves are purple on the under side; but this colour is afterwards lost, and they become a very deep green. Their peculiar rolled-back direction, and the tumid joints by which they are separated, gives this species a very unusual appearance...

Single leaf - used to distinguish it from Cattleya nobilior.

From Orchid Album Cattleya Walkeriana is a small-growing evergreen plant, with short bulb-like stems, and light green foliage. The plant attains the height of from four to six inches, and is of compact growth, the flowers being generally produced in pairs from a distinct radical growth, as will be seen by our figure. After it has bloomed, it produces the strong round stems which are peculiar to this species. The blossoms are large for the size of the plant, over four inches in diameter, and sweetly-scented ; the sepals and petals are of a bright magenta-purple, the lip of a brilliant rosy purple, with a yellow disc.


Published in London J. Bot. 2: 662 in 1843.

Also published in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Cattleya plate 27 in 1901, Orchid Album 4: 154 in 1885 and in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 33: 42 in 1847.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Dominant habit, flower shape, flower size, dark color, fragrance, isthmus lip, flat flowers, few flowers. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance -

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