Cattleya alvarenguensis (Campacci) Van den Berg 2014 Photo by © Fransisco Miranda and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Alvarenga Cattleya [A town in Minas Gerais state of Brazil]
Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]
Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil at elevations around 800 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing saxicolous lithophyte with articulate, ovate, elongate, red to green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apcial, erect, elliptic, coriaceous, folded in the center, green leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an apical, to 14.8" [37 cm] long overall, rachis to 4.8" [12 cm] long, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence arising through a linear truncate, oblique apically spathe carrying simultaneously opening flowers.
This species can be quite variable in size of plant, length and color of pseudobulb and the length and amount of flowers on the inflorescence even on the same cliff face.
CAUTION!! This species would fit much better in the genus Laelia within my generic framework but as of yet it has not been named as such.
Synonyms *Hoffmannseggella alvarenguensis Campacci 2014
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Colet. Orquídeas Brasil. 10: 382 Campacci 2014 as Hoffmannseggella alvarenguensis drawing/photos fide