Cattleya velutina Rchb. f. 1870 SUBGENUS Aclandia Withner 1989 Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Velvety Cattleya

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

A medium sized, cool to hot growing, epiphytic orchid from Brazil on plains in small clumps of brush giving shade from the sun with long and slender, clustered, jointed, grooved pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, oblong-lorate, coriaceous, obtuse leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, 5" [12.5 cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered, long-lived inflorescence that has highly fragrant, glossy and heavy textured flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya alutacea B.-R. 1892; Cattleya alutacea B.-R. var velutina B.-R. 1882; Cattleya fragrans B.-R. 1882; Cattleya velutina var. alutacea (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn. 1901; Cattleya velutina var. lietzei Regel 1887; Cattleya velutina var. punctata Regel 1887

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966;Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleya and their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; AOS Bulletin VOl 54 No 11 1985 photo; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; 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