Cattleyas are frequently called “the Queen of the Orchids,” and Carl Withner’s passion for them started before World War II. About 12 years ago he published the. The Cattleyas and Their Relatives. Landmark series on the genera of the Cattleya alliance, which provide details on appearance, growth habit, incidence, and. Buy The Cattleyas and Their Relatives, Vol. 1: The Cattleyas 1st by Carl L. Withner (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and.

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Some selected taetia species Laelias look very tneir like cattleyas. Encyctias This group contains some of the easiest of all orchids to grow and bloom.

The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their Relatives

Other cattleya relatives A slew of other orchid species are closely related to cattleyas and laelias. The flower spike can reach up to 3 feet 1 meterso be sure to give it plenty of headroom when it sends up its flower spikes.

Cattleyas and Their Relatives. It has a short flower spike with reelatives to two lightly floral-scented flowers that average 3 to 4 inches 8 to 10 cm across. Many of them are also fragrant.

It has a solid red flower on a dwarf plant. It has a miniature stature, making it ideal for growing under lights or on a windowsill. Although first introduced in England inthis is still a standard bearer today of purple cattleya breeding and is still used as a parent. Has up to 20 lime green, 2-inch 5-cm blooms with heart-shaped lips. When the color descriptions drift toward solid blues and clear reds, this is where wishful thinking sometimes takes over.

The subtle creamy white, cockleshell-type flowers with purple stripes in the lip, borne in clusters, are not what make this orchid so popular — though they could be.

Some of their flowers have very fringed lips, usually inherited from the species Rhyncholaelia digbyana formerly know as Brassavola digbyana. Cattleya harrisoniana has been a longtime favorite cattleya species. Some of their prized children Here are some of andd many hybrids produced by the parents in the preceding section: The entire flower is lavender-colored, sometimes with a darker lip.


Fashionable art shades This is theit catchall category that includes cattleya-type hybrids that combine a range of pastel colors.

The modern hybrids have full, round, and fragrant flowers. It emits a sweet scent when it flowers in the summer. One of the most awarded of the greens, this orchid offers large lime-green flowers, a strong fragrance, and a ruffled lip. Frequently blooms twice a year. However, if you prefer the simple, classic flower that the species offers, here are some to try that are usually readily available: Brassolaeliocattleya Hawaiian Avalanche provides a riot of color.

A Florida native that is hardy as far north as the central part of the state, this encyclia has green flowers overlaid with brown with white lips marked with purple blotches. Bright-orange inch 4-cm flowers with fringed yellow lips are the main feature of this colorful epidendrum.

The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their Relatives

The entire six volume set should be part of the reference collection of anyone interested in cattleyas A bright yellow with a contrasting red lip. The key players These are the species with miniature to small growth habits that have been the principal contributors to this breeding effort. The Taiwan orchid breeders have been making notable contributions to the cattleya group, and this award-winner with its 6-inch cm bicolor bloom — yellow petals and darker yellow lip — is one of them.

Another Cattleya walkeriana child that is a very small grower, with large 4-inch cmdeep-red-purple flowers with a darker lip.

It comes in various color forms but most commonly has clusters of two to six 2 2- to 3-inch 6- to 8-cm light lavender flowers with darker purple lips and throats.

The Cattleyas and Their Relatives

This one is also fragrant and blooms twice a year. This orchid shows off a delightful display of tropical color with the 6-inch cm apricot-pink flowers with a golden-orange fringed lip and purple streak down the center of the lip.


From the Jungles to Your Home In the s, plant collectors and explorers risked their lives and lived in steamy tropical outposts to bring these South American orchids to the plant lovers of Europe. It needs to be grown on the cooler and drier side during the winter months to bloom best in the spring to summer.

This orchid is a pristine white with a golden-yellow lip and the heady fragrance of vanilla. It continues to be used extensively as a parent to produce new miniature hybrids.

The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Landmark series on the genera of the Cattleya alliance, which provide details on appearance, growth habit, incidence, and cultivation. Blooms in the summer to fall.

In the following sections, I show you a few of the many outstanding hybrids, arranged by approximate color group. Highly awarded and one of the best known yellows. Today, all the best forms are readily available and none have been collected from the wild.

Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters. The shimmering red color and miniature plant habit made this plant an important link. Another winner with various bright-orange tones and excellent plant vigor.

Most are fragrant and bloom a few times a year. Laelias are native to the same areas as their close cousins, cattleyas, and have very similar cultural requirements.

This orchid can grow quite tall, up to 4 feet cmand is often grown in large, mass plantings in semitropical to tropical climates. Its rose-purple flowers of heavy substance have a fine shape and an exquisite vanilla and sweet floral fragrance that is strongest in the morning. Cattleya Peckhaviensis see Figure