Cattleya harrisoniana Bateman ex Lindley 1836 SUBGENUS Intermedia [Cogn.] Withner 1989 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower

Another Clone Photos by Dale and Deni Borders.

Another ClonePhoto by Patricia Harding.

Disected Flower Photo by E Schnurr


Common Name Harrison's Cattleya [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 4 1/2" [11.25 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil as a epiphytic or lithophytic, cool to warm growing species occuring in humid swampy areas on bushes with subclavate, laterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, narrowly elliptic to obovate leaves that blooms in the late summer on a terminal, short to 4" [to 10 cm], few to several [2 to 6] flowered inflorescence subtended by a green sheath carrying fragrant, long-lived, waxy flowers.

This species and C loddigesii are very similar yet differ in this species having darker and unscented flowers.

This species needs ample water, warmth and light while growing and a good rest after maturity.

Synonyms Cattleya brownii Rolfe 1894; Cattleya candida F.N.Williams 1851; Cattleya harrisoniae Batem. 1838; Cattleya harrisoniae Paxt 1838; Cattleya harrisoniana f. alba (Beer) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya harrisoniana var. alba Beer 1854; Cattleya harrisonii P.N.Don 1840; Cattleya loddigesii var. harrisoniana Lindley 1887; Cattleya papeinsiana C. Morr. 1845; Epidendrum harrisonianum Rchb.f 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum harrisonianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C harrisoniae; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C loddigesii var harrisoniae drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 3 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C brownii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C loddigesii var harrisoniana; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 6 1974 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 as C brownii drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as C loddigesii var harrisoniana drawing fide; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo fide as C loddigesii var harrisoniana; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 10 1984 photo as C loddigesii var harrisoniana; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo as C harrisoniana var alba; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 7 1986 photo; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 2 1992 photo; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 7 2005 photo; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehauer 2008 drawing/photo fide; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide