Cattleya wallisii [L.] Linden & Rchb. f. 1882 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley Photo courtesy of Bill Bergstrom and Bergstrom Orchids Homepage

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Common Name Wallis' Cattleya [German Orchid Collector 1800's] AKA Cattleya of the Golden Land [Spanish Mythological city of gold]

Flower Size 5" [17.5 cm]

Found in Brazil in the Amazon as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with smooth, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, rigid, leathery, erect leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, short inflorescence carrying 1 to few [3] fragrant flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Cattleya crocata Rchb.f 1886; Cattleya eldorado Linden 1890; Cattleya eldorado var. wallisii (Linden) E.S.Rand 1892; Cattleya guadircolor var eldorado Morren & Devos 1887; Cattleya labiata var eldorado Veitch 1887; Cattleya macnorlandii Nichols 1862; Cattleya trichopiliochila Barb. Rod. 1877; Cattleya trichopiliochila var. virginalis (Linden & André) Braem 1986; Cattleya virginalis L. Linden & André 1876; Cattleya virginalis var. rosea B.S.Williams 1885; *Laelia wallisii Linden 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var eldorado; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957 as C labaiata var el dorado; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966;Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 as C eldorado drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 6 1980 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 10 1983 photo fide as C eldorado var alba; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 3 1993 photo as C trichopiliochila; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 9 1994 drawing; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 3 2001 as Cattleya wallisii; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 6 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007;