Cattleya rex O'Brien 1890 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Xantheae Withner 1988

Flower Closeup

Photo by David Morris


Common Name King of the Cattleyas - In Moyobamba, Peru "Golondrina" [swallow]

Flower Size 7" [17.5 cm]

A Colombian and Peruvian epiphytic species in wet montane forests high up on exposed tree trunks at elevations around 1350 meters that grows cool and has woody, short, branching rhizome with crowded, slightly flattened, fusiform-clavate, unifoliate pseudobulbs subtended by 5 to 6 scarious sheaths and a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblong, obtuse to shortly acute, stiffly coriaceous, yellow green leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, erect, subumbellate, 6" [15 cm] long, yet shorter than the leaves, loosely few to several [3 to 8] flowered inflorescence subtended by a large basal green sheath, arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb and carrying fragrant, color variable flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya labiata var rex [O'Brien]Schlechter ?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var rex; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C labiata var rex; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 014 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 9 2000 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 10 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #2 2010 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 drawing/photo fide;