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Cattleya mendelii Mendel's Cattleya


Mendel's Cattleya, Cattleya mendelii


Cattleya mendelii O Brien 1883

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, shiney pseudobulbs that carrys a single, apical, oblong, very leathery leaf that is round apically that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, short, few [2 to 5] flowered, long lived inflorescence with fragrant, long-lived flowers that open well.

Synonyms Cattleya bluntii H.Low 1876; Cattleya cupidon hort. 1894; Cattleya labiata var. bella Rchb.f 1882;Cattleya labiata var. mendelii Sanders 1886; Cattleya mendelii var. morganae (R.Warner & L.O.Williams) Braem 1986