Schomburgkia wallisii Rchb. f. 1877SUBGENUS Schomburgkia

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Angle

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part sunWarm to Cool LATE Spring

Common Name Wallis' Schomburgkia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, rugose with age pseudobulbs carrying 2, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, heavily creased leaves and blooms on a terminal, racemose, 16" [40 cm] long, several to many [6 to 12] flowered inflorescence arising in the spring on a mature inflorescence.

There is quite a bit of color variation in the species and they can be much browner in color than the photographed flower.

This species is closely related to S lueddemanniana with the main difference is that S wallisi is from South America and S lueddemaniana is from Central America but I have seen both species and have noticed that S wallisi has a small yellow spot with a yellow hook at the apex of the lip and S lueddemaniana is has a larger, yellow, apical spot and no apical hook.

Synonyms Laelia colombiana Shaw 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 1992 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 23 #1 2004 as S wallissii var xanthina photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #11 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #8 2017 as Cattleya wallisii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #12 2017 as Laelia colombiana photo fide;