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Cattleya quadricolor Four-colored Cattleya


Four-colored Cattleya, Cattleya quadricolor


Cattleya quadricolor Lindl. 1853

Common Name Four-colored Cattleya in Colombia azucenas [easter lilies]

Flower Size 7" [17.5 cm]

Found on the eastern slope of the central cordillera of the Andes in Colombia at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as an epiphyte on branches high in the tall trees and require high light to bloom which occurs in the spring on a erect, short, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers that do not open well and keep a bell shape, that arises on a new growth and are cool growers. An interesting quick Identification for this species that my Colombian freinds have passed on is that C quadricolor's leaves can be rolled up without cracking or breaking, while if done to C trianae the leaf will crack or break.

Synonyms Cattleya candida [Kunth] Lehm. 1895; Cattleya caucaensis Ballif. 1898; Cattleya caucaensis Roezl. ex Ballif. 1901; Cattleya chocoensis Linden & Andre 1873; Cattleya labiata var trianae subvar chocoensis Veitch 1887; Cymbidium candidum Kunth in F.W.H.von Humboldt, A.J.A.Bonpland & C.S.Kunth, 1816