Cattleya porphyroglossa L. Linden & Rchb. f. 1856 SUBGENUS Falcata SECTION Granulosae [Fowlie]Withner 1989 Photo by Jay Pfahl, plant grown by JEM Orchids


Common Name Purple Lipped Cattleya

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A Brazilian, hot to cool, bifoliate, epiphytic species found low on trees near water with cylindrical, laterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, ellipic, coriaceous, leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, shorter to 4" [10 cm], several flowered, long-lived inflorescence carrying strongly fragrant, heavy-textured flowers.

It is often found in nature with Cattleya harrisoniana.

Synonyms Cattleya batalini Sander & Kranzlin 1892[non-hybrid]; Cattleya dijanceana hort ex Rolfe 1902; Cattleya porphyroglossa f. punctulata (Rchb.f.) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Cattleya porphyroglossa var. punctulata Rchb.f. 1887; Epidendrum porphyroglossum Rchb.f 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum porphyroglossum; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 as Epidendrum porphyroglossum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 as C x batalini; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo fide; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995;