Cattleya x dolosa [Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1876 SUBGENUS Intermedia [Cogn.] Withner 1989 Photo courtesy of Jean Claude George


Common Name Dolose Cattleya or the Crafty or Deceitful Cattleya

Flower Size to 5" [to 12.5 cm]

Found on rock outcroppings in south central Brazil near Sao Paulo with fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 2, narrowly elliptic or elliptic oblong, obtuse or rounded apically leaves. It blooms on a terminal, to 3 5/8" [to 9 cm] single to few flowered inflorescence that has fragrant, heavy-textured flowers occurring in the spring.

Often thought to be a natural hybrid between C walkeriana and C loddigesii but it has not been able to be duplicated artificially. The major difference between this species and walkeriana is that the fall blooming inflorescence arises on the apex of a mature pseudobulb while C walkeriana is on a separate immature growth.

Synonyms Cattleya x eximia Barb. Rodr. 1877; Cattleya x obrieniana Rolfe 1889; Cattleya schroederiana Rchb.f. 1883; Cattleya walkeriana var. dolosa (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent 1887; Cattleya walkeriana var. schroederiana (Rchb.f.) H.J.Veitch 1887; *Epidendrum x dolosum Rchb.f 1862;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest No 36 No 1 1972 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs 1975; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 19865 as C x dolosa; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 9 1996 photo; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo;

Cattleya dolosa [Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1876 var alba Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

A white flower variety of the previous species.