Cattleya percivaliana [Rchb.f] O'Brien 1883 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Color Form Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name Percival's Cattleya or Christmas Cattleya [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size Max of 5" [12.5 cm]

This is a large sized, cool growing, largely lithophytic, but sometimes epiphytic species that is endemic to Venezuela [Listed as from Colombia], found at altitudes of 1300 to 2000 meters in full sun near rivers, with clavate, broadest in the middle, compressed, green pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, narrowly oblong-elliptic, rigid, suberect, obtuse leaf and blooms in the summer through the winter on a terminal, to 10" [ to 25 cm] long, few flowered, short lived, racemose inflorescence with a large, basal, green sheath that carries 2 to 4, musty, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms *Cattleya labiata var percivaliana Rchb.f 1882; Cattleya percivaliana f. alba (R.Warner & B.S.Williams) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya percivaliana f. bicolor (Rolfe) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 200; Cattleya percivaliana var. alba R.Warner & B.S.Williams 1884; Cattleya percivaliana var. bicolor Rolfe 1896; Cattleya percivaliana var. grandiflora Cogn. & A.Gooss. 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var percivalliana; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C labiata var percivalliana drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957;AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C labiata var percivilliana; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as C labiata var percivaliana; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawaing/photo fide; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 9 1997 photo;AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 12 1999 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo

Cattleya percivaliana (Rchb. f.) O'Brien 1883 var. alba SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley Photo by David Morris and Clackamas Orchids

Cattleya percivaliana (Rchb. f.) O'Brien 1883 var coerulea SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley Photo by David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

to A color variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970;