Cattleya quadricolor Lindl. 1853 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Cattleya Lindley

In situ Quimbaya Quindio Colombia 1200 meters 7/14

Fine Form Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Clone

Another Color Form Photos by Patricia Harding


Common Name Four-colored Cattleya in Colombia azucenas [easter lilies]

Flower Size 7" [17.5 cm]

Found on the eastern slope of the central cordillera of the Andes in Colombia at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as an epiphyte on branches high in the tall trees and require high light to bloom which occurs in the spring on a erect, short, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers that do not open well and keep a bell shape, that arises on a new growth and are cool growers. An interesting quick Identification for this species that my Colombian freinds have passed on is that C quadricolor's leaves can be rolled up without cracking or breaking, while if done to C trianae the leaf will crack or break.

Synonyms Cattleya candida [Kunth] Lehm. 1895; Cattleya caucaensis Ballif. 1901; Cattleya chocoensis Linden 1870 ; Cattleya labiata var trianae subvar chocoensis Veitch 1887; Cymbidium candidum Kunth in F.W.H.von Humboldt, A.J.A.Bonpland & C.S.Kunth, 1816

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C chocoensis drawing fide; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:78 Schlechter 1924; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970 as C chocoensis; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as C chocoensis photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 2/3 1977/8 as C chocoensis; Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979 as C chocoensis; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo as C chocoensis; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as C chocoensis photo fide; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C labiata var quadricolor; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 12 2001 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; The Colombian Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Toulemonde 2004; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 10 2008 photo as C candida