Cattleya mendelii O Brien 1883 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley Photo by Jay Pfahl

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

Flower Size 7" to 8" [17.5 to 20 cm]

A medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic and lithophytic species from the eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes on exposed rock outcroppings and cliffs with cylindrical, grooved, shiny pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong, round apically, very leathery leaf that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, short, few [2 to 5] flowered, long lived inflorescence with fragrant flowers that open well.

Synonyms Cattleya bluntii H.Low 1876; Cattleya cupidon hort. 1894; Cattleya hackbridgensis auct. 1890; Cattleya labiata var. bella Rchb.f 1882; Cattleya labiata var. mendelii Sanders 1887; Cattleya mendelii f. morganiae (B.S.Williams & T.Moore) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya mendelii var. bella (Rchb.f.) B.S.Williams & T.Moore 1886; Cattleya mendelii var. grandiflora B.S.Williams & T.Moore 1882; Cattleya mendelii var. morganae (R.Warner & L.O.Williams) Braem 1986; Cattleya morganiae B.S.Williams & T.Moore 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var mendelii; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C labiatavar mendelli drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 5 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 12 1984 photo; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C labiata var mendelii; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1982; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 3 2001 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Colombian Cattleyas and their Color Variations Toulemonde 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 11 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #1 2009 drawing;

Cattleya mendelii O Brien 1883 var coerula Photo by Jay Pfahl

A blue color variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 11 2006 photo

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