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Cattleya nobilior Noble Cattleya

 

Noble Cattleya , Cattleya nobilior

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Cattleya nobilior Rchb.f 1883

Common Name Noble Cattleya

Flower Size 5" [12.5 cm]

This species is bifoliate and can be distinguished from Cattleya walkeriana by this fact as walkeriana has only one. Found in Matto Grossa State, Brazil as well as Santa Cruz Bolivia along rivers on roughbarked trees at the edges of high cliffs in full sun and with ample air circulation at elevations of 170 to 700 meters. This species is characterized by having ellipsoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, coriaceous leaves and blooms on a to 3 1/8" [to 8 cm] long, slender, 1 to few flowered inflorescence with to 5 extremely [vanilla citron] fragrant flowers. This area has a distinct wet and dry period and it is quite hot. A five month drier rest from November through March is reccomended.

The var amaliae pictured above is cooler growing and comes from the Brazilian states of Goias and Tocantins at elevations to 900 meters on rough barked trees.

Synonyms Cattleya nobilior var. alba L.C.Menezes 2001 ; Cattleya walkeriana Gardner var nobilior [Rchb.f]Veitch 1887

 

 

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