Cattleya aclandiae Lindl.1840 SUBGENUS Aclandia Withner 1989 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name Lady Ackland's Cattleya [Engish Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 2 1/2 to 4" [6 to 10 cm]

Found in Bahia Brazil as a dwarf sized, hot growing epiphytic species found in rather dry areas near the coast at elevations of 100 to 400 meters on rough barked trees with seabreezes but little rain that has slender, jointed, furrowed pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, spreading, ellptic, thick, fleshy, red spotted, obtuse leaves and blooms in the summer and fall on a short, terminal, inflorescence held within the developing leaves that carries 1 to 2, large in proportion to plant, fragrant, waxy, long-lasting flowers.

This plant definitely appreciates a dryer winter rest after which it will bloom in the spring and early summer and the new growth appears. This is one of the most light tolerant Cattleya and can withstand a bit of direct sun.

Synonyms Cattleya acklandiae J.E. Planch. 1851-2; Cattleya aclandiae f. alba (L.C.Menezes) F.Barros & J.A.N.Bat. 2004; Cattleya aclandiae var. alba L.C.Menezes 2002; Cattleya aclandiae var. grandiflora F.Buyss. 1878; Cattleya aclandiae var. salmonea auct. 1893; Cattleya aucklandiae Heynh 1841; Cattleya auclandii Beer 1854; Epidendrum acklandiae Rchb.f 1862; Epidendrum aclandiae Rchb.f

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum acklandiae; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; Die Orchideen #5 17-20 tafel 6 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs 1975; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 11 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 12 1987 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 2 1992 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1983; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo; ASO Bulletin Vol 56 No 5 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988; The Catttleya and their relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 7 2006 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 7 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 4 2006 photo; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

Cattleya acklandiae var alba Photos by Fred Rindlisbacher of and Angel Street Orchids

A color form of the previous species.

Cattleya acklandiae Lindl. var coerulea Photo courtesy of David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

A blue lipped variety of the previous species.