Cattleya rex O'Brien 1890 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Xantheae Withner 1988

Flower Closeup Photo by David Morris and Clackamas Orchids

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Common Name King of the Cattleyas - In Moyobamba, Peru "Golondrina" [swallow]

Flower Size 7" [17.5 cm]

A Colombian and Peruvian epiphytic species in wet montane forests high up on exposed tree trunks at elevations around 1350 meters that grows cool and has woody, short, branching rhizome with crowded, slightly flattened, fusiform-clavate, unifoliate pseudobulbs subtended by 5 to 6 scarious sheaths and a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblong, obtuse to shortly acute, stiffly coriaceous, yellow green leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, erect, subumbellate, 6" [15 cm] long, yet shorter than the leaves, loosely few to several [3 to 8] flowered inflorescence subtended by a large basal green sheath, arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb and carrying fragrant, color variable flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya labiata var rex [O'Brien]Schlechter ?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var rex; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C labiata var rex; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1982; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 014 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 9 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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