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Cattleya walkeriana Walker's Cattleya



Cattleya walkeriana Gardner 1843

Common Name Walker's Cattleya [English Orchid Collector in Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size 4 1/2 " [9 to 12 cm]

This is the only Catleya [other than C. nobilor] that the terminal, shorter, 1 to few flowered inflorescence arises from the base of the pseudobulb appearing as a new growth and has fragrant flowers that open very flat and it hails from Brazil where it grows on giant old trees on rocky limestone plateaus, small trees or moist rocks near streams at elevations up to 2000 meters with jointed, bulbous or shortly fusiform, shiney yellow pseudobulb carrying a single [rerely 2], apical, elliptic or ovate, leathery leaf that is rounded apically and blooms on a 3" [7.5 cm] long, arcuate, single to few [1 to 3] flowered inflorescence occuring mostly in the fall but can occur at other times [see varieties below].

Synonyms Cattleya bulbosa Lindley 1847; Cattleya gardneriana Rchb.f 1870; Cattleya princeps B.-Rod. 1877; Cattleya walkeriana var. bulbosa (Lindl.) Fowlie 1977; Cattleya walkeriana var. princeps L.C.Menezes 1993; Epidendrum walkerianum [Gardn.]Rchb.f 1862