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

Another Color Form Photo by Patricia Harding

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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 fall 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; 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; Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1994 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 9 1997 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 12 1999 photo fide; 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 fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 9 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 12 2005 photo fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 6 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #1 2010 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #4 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #4 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #1 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 60 No 1 1996 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo fide;

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

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