Cattleya loddigesii Lindl. 1823 SUBGENUS Intermedia [Cogn.] Withner 1989 Photo by TERENCIO MARIOTTINI

Another Flower, possible hybrid? Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Loddiges' Cattleya [English orchid collector and nurseryman 1800's]

Flower Size 4 1/2" [11.25 cm]

A medium sized, cool to warm growing, bifoliate epiphyte or lithophyte that is from near the coast from Bahia Brazil south to Argentina and Paraguay, in both sun and shade with cylindrical, narrowing basally pseudobulb carrying 2 apical, elliptic-oblong, leathery, obtuse leaves and blooms in the late summer on a terminal, 12" [30 cm] long, long-lived, few to several [2 to 9] flowered inflorescence subtended by a small, broad, dried sheath that has waxy, fragrant, long-lived, color variable flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya arembergii Scheidw. 1843; Cattleya candida B.S.Williams 1852; Cattleya loddigesii f. virginalis M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya loddigesii subsp. purpurea Brieger ?; Cattleya loddigesii var. candida Guidon 1858; Cattleya ovata Lindley 1838; Epidendrum canaliculatum Vell. 1825; Epidendrum harrisoniae Rchb.f; Epidendrum loddigesii Rchb.f 1861; Epidendrum violaceum Lodd. 1819

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchid Digest No 36 No 1 1972 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 6 1974 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; ; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 9 1996; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 NO 8 2007; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide

Cattleya loddigesii Lindl. 1823 var alba SUBGENUS Intermedia [Cogn.] Withner 1989? Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt plant grown by Scott Davis at White Oak Orchids

An all white variety of the previous species.

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