Cattleya velutina Rchb. f. 1870 SUBGENUS Aclandia Withner 1989

Photo by Lourens Grobler

C velutina var punctata

Photo by Denis Duveen

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Common Name The Velvety Cattleya

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil on plains in small clumps of brush giving shade from the sun as a medium sized, cool to hot growing, epiphytic orchid with long and slender, clustered, jointed, grooved pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, oblong-lorate, coriaceous, obtuse leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, 5" [12.5 cm] long, 4 to 7 flowered, long-lived inflorescence that has highly fragrant, glossy and heavy textured flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya alutacea B.-R. 1892; Cattleya alutacea B.-R. var velutina B.-R. 1882; Cattleya fragrans B.-R. 1882; Cattleya velutina var. alutacea (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn. 1901; Cattleya velutina var. lietzei Regel 1887; Cattleya velutina var. punctata Regel 1887

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleya and their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; AOS Bulletin VOl 54 No 11 1985 photofide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 3 1986 photo fide; The Cattleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 as C velutina var punctata photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 4 1991 as C venlutina var supurba photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehauer 2008 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #6 2010 photo fide; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide