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