Cattleya walkeriana Gardner 1843 SUBGENUS Rhizantha Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Another Clone 'Feiticeira' Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

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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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum walkeriana; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 4 1963 photo. Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 1 1962 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing plant only; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs 1972; Orchid Digest No 36 No 1 1972 photo fide; Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleya and their Color Variations 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 8 1980 photo; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 6 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 5 1986 photo; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1992; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 no 9 2004 photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 3 2008

Cattleya walkeriana var. alba Gardner 1843 Subgen Rhizantha Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 8 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 5 1987 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 2 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 no 9 2004 photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide;

Cattleya walkeriana var. coerulea Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista Copyright

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 4 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 no 9 2004 photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 12 2005 photo

Cattleya walkeriana var princeps [Barb Rodr] Menzes 1993 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

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Blooms in the spring on a more developed pseudobulb with a leaf

Synonyms *Cattleya princeps Barb Rodr. 1877;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 3 1993 photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide;

Cattleya walkeriana var. semi-alba "tokio" Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide;