Cattleya xanthina (Lindl.) Van den Berg

Yellow Laelia

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cattleya

Category: Houseplant


Single blue-green leaf. Blooms late spring to early summer, to 3.5" diameter yellow flower.

From Bot. Mag. 85: 5144 This resembles Laelia flava (Bot. Register, 1842, t. 62), but is far larger and handsomer. It most especially differs in the undulated sepals and petals being leathery and very convex, in consequence of their sides being rolled backwards, and in the form of the lip, which when spread flat is nearly quadrate, the front side, which is widest, being divided into three shallow lobes of equal depth, while the lip of Laliajlava is deeply three-lobed, the middle lobe being crisp and much longer than the side ones. Moreover, in the plant now before me, the lip has no trace of raised veins, while, on the contrary, in Lcelia fiava, it has four in the middle very conspicuously raised above the general level.


Published in Neodiversity 3: 12 in 2008.

Basionym Laelia xanthina Lindl. - pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #15 in 1899 and in Orchid Album 1: 23 in 1882.

Native to Brazil.

Since this plant's name was not changed until 2008, it was until recently referred to as a Laelia.


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