Cattleyopsis ortgiesiana (Rchb. f.) Cogn. 1910

Photo By Jay Pfahl and text courtesy of Claude Hamilton and HAMLYN ORCHIDS LIMITED, Jamaica


Common Name Ortgies Cattleyopsis [German Cultivator of Species in 1800's]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [3 cm]

Found in Cuba at elevations of sea level to 200 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with clustered, cylindric to pyriform, annulate, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious sheaths and carrying 2 apical, fleshy, rigid, linear-oblong to ligulate, obtuse or obliquely emarginate, denticulate apically leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender terminal, 3 1/2' [105 cm] long, arching, sometimes branching inflorescence with apically clustered, to 20, showy, flattened flowers.

This species is sometimes confused with Broughtonia sanguinea by some taxonomists, especially those who may have seen the flowers and not the entire plant. Though the flowers are fairly similar in form and size, the lip in Ctps. ortgiesiana always completely encircles the column, a feature which never occurs in Bro. sanguinea. There are of course several obvious differences in the leaves, ie. serrated edges, roots, and pseudobulbs.

Synonyms *Bletia ortgiesiana Rchb. f. 1860; Broughtonia ortgiesiana (Rchb. f.) Dressler 1966

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia ortgiesiana; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Broughtonia ortgesiana; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as Broughtonia ortgesiana; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1982; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho and Larramendi 2005 as Brougtonia ortgiesuiana photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #3 2012 as Broughtonia ortgiesianaphoto fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as Broughtonia ortgiesiana; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #1 2015 as Broughtonia ortgiesiana photo fide;