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Cattleya warscewiczii Warscewicz's Cattleya


Warscewicz's Cattleya, Cattleya warscewiczii


Cattleya warscewiczii Rchb.f. 1854

Common Name Warscewicz's Cattleya [Polish Orchid Colletor 1800's], in Colombia Flor de San Juan or Flor de San Roque

Flower Size 7 - 11" [17.5 to 27.5 cm]

This is a northwestern Colombian species found at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters in bright to almost full sun on trees near streams where it is a cool to hot growing epiphyte with thick, shiney, cigar-shaped, deeply grooved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong , very thick, leathery leaf that is rounded apically that blooms in the summer on a terminal, to 18" [to 45 cm] long inflorescence with , large, showy, few to several [4 to7], fragrant flowered.

Synonyms Cattleya gigas Linden & André 1873; Cattleya gloriosa D.J. Carr 1885; Cattleya imperialis O'Brien 1887; Cattleyea labiata var. warscewiczii [Rcb.f]Rchb.f. 1883; Cattleya lindeni L. Linden 1890; Cattleya sanderiana H. Low 1896; Epidendrum labiatum var warscewiczii Rchb.f 1861