Cattleya amethystoglossa Linden & Rchb. f. ex Warner 1862 SUBGENUS Falcata SECTION Guttatae [Cogn.] Withner 1989 Photo by © Eric Hunt

Plant in situ in Bahia Brazil Photo by © Sidney Marçal

FragrancePart sunCool To WarmFallWinterEARLYSpring

Common Name The Amethest Lipped Cattleya

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Bahia, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco states of Brazil as a large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte at elevations around 600 meters growing on rock outcrops near the sea and on palms in full sun with lots of warmth and humid air with tall, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical leaves that blooms in the fall, winter and early spring with a terminal, several to many [10 to 30] flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

This species needs ample light, water and fertilizer while growing and a definite rest when in dormancy.

This species is very similar to C guttata yet differs in the flowers which here are white or pale rose, spotted dark rose or mauve on the sepals and petals and the lip has white lateral lobes, a magenta midlobe and a pale golden or white throat.

Synonyms Cattleya amethystoglossa var. alba L.C.Menezes & Braem 2006; Cattleya amethystoglossa var. lilacina (Rchb.f.) Fowlie 1977; Cattleya amethystoglossa var. rosea Rolfe 1892; Cattleya guttata keteleerii Houlet. 1875; Cattleya guttatta lilacina Barb. Rod. 1882; Cattleya guttata prinzii Rchb.f 1856; Cattleya guttata Lindley var prinzii [Rchb.f]A.D.Hawkes; Cattleya purpurina R. Br 1882; Epidendrum elatius Rchb.f var prinzii Rchb.f 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C guttata var prinzii drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C guttata fma prinzii; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 7 1970 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fideOrchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 4 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 7 2005 photo; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing/photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Part 1 Pridgeon, Chase, Cribb & Rasmusen 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 7 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #1 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #4 2015 as C amethestoglossa var coerulea photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #6 2017 as C amethestoglossa f coerula photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide;