Cattleya warscewiczii Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley

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Common Name Warscewicz's Cattleya [Polish Orchid Colletor 1800's], in Colombia Flor de San Juan or Flor de San Roque

Flower Size 7 - 11" [17.5 to 27.5 cm]

This is a northwestern Colombian species found at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters in bright to almost full sun on trees near streams as a warm to cool growing epiphyte with thick, shiny, cigar-shaped, deeply grooved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong , very thick, leathery, rounded apically leaf that blooms in the summer on a terminal, to 18" [to 45 cm] long inflorescence carrying large, showy, few to several [4 to 7], fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya gigas Linden & André 1873; Cattleya gigas var. burfordiensis O'Brien 1883; Cattleya gigas var. imperialis O'Brien 1883; Cattleya gigas var. sanderiana O'Brien 1883; Cattleya gloriosa Carrière 1885; Cattleya imperialis O'Brien 1887; Cattleyea labiata var. warscewiczii [Rcb.f]Rchb.f. 1883; Cattleya lindeni L. Linden 1890; Cattleya sanderiana H. Low 1896; Cattleya warscewiczii f. franconvillensis (O'Brien) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya warscewiczii f. rochellensis (Rolfe) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya warscewiczii var. delicata T.Moore 1861; Cattleya warscewiczii var. delicata-superba B.S.Williams 1885; Cattleya warscewiczii var. franconvillensis O'Brien 1893; Cattleya warscewiczii var. lageriana R.M.Grey 1894; Cattleya warscewiczii var. rochellensis Rolfe 1898; Epidendrum labiatum var warscewiczii Rchb.f 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum labiatum var warscewizcii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var warscewiczii; AOS bulletin Vol 28 No 1 1928 photo as C gigas; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 NO 2 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 6 1972 as C warscewisczii var coerulea photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 no 2 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 1985 photo as C warscewiczii var coerulea; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 5 1986 photo; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as c labiata var warscewiczii; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1982; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 2 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 9 1998 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 6 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 photo; The Colombian Cattleya and their Color Variations Toulemonde 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 12 2005 photo; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo as C gigas; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #1 2009 drawing; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia 2014 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia 2014 as C warscewiczii var semialba photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia 2014 as C warscewiczii var coerula photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia 2014 as C warscewiczii var oscura photo fide;

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