Cattleya luteola Lindley 1853 SUBGENUS Stellata Withner 1988 Photo by Dario Melgar.

Another clone Photo by Jay Pfahl.

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Common Name Pale Yellow Cattleya

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This is a dwarf sized, unifoliate, cool to warm growing epiphytic species found in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, in lowland tropical rain forests at elevations between 100 and 1200 meters and occasionally up to 2000 meters with a slender creeping rhizome giving rise to clavate, ellipsoid or clavate-cylindrical sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong or oblong-elliptic, obtuse or notched apically leaf that blooms in the late summer till fall on a terminal, racemose, 1.6" to 6" [4 to 15 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that is shorter than the leaves arising through a large dried basal sheath, and carries a few to several, long-lived, fragrant or not flowers.

This species needs a distinct winter rest but while growing needs ample water, high light and fertilizer and grows best on a cork mount to accomodate the rambling rhizome.

Synonyms Cattleya epidendroides Rchb.f. 1856; Cattleya epidendroides hort. 1856; Cattleya flavida Klotsch 1856; Cattleya holfordi hort. ex Rchb.f 1856; Cattleya luteola var. fastuosa Rchb.f. 1856; Cattleya luteola var. lepida Rchb.f. 1856; Cattleya luteola var. multiflora Barb.Rodr. 1877; Cattleya luteola var. roezlii Rchb. f. 1881; Cattleya meyeri Regel. 1856; Cattleya modesta Meyer 1856; Cattleya sulphurea Hort. ex Gard. 1885; Cattleya urselii hort. ; Epidendrum cattleyae hort; Epidendrum luteolum [Lindley] Rchb.f 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum luteolum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 11 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1982; Icones planetarum Tropicarum plate 515 Vasquez & Dodson 1982 drawing fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 3 1983 photo; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 022 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Native ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1994; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide