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Orchid Species: Cattleya mossiae

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Cattleya mossiae is an orchid species identified by C.Parker ex Hook. in 1838.
Genus
Cattleya (C.)
Grex
mossiae
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
C.Parker ex Hook.
Year
1838
ORIGIN: An endemic Venezuelan, small to medium sized, unifoliate, warm to cool growing epiphyte occurring at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters in dense forests high in the canopy.

DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, unifoliate, warm to cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, ridged, green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong to narrowly ovate-oblong leaf that is rounded apically and blooms in the spring on a terminal, 12 [30 cm] long, few to several [2 to 7] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and carries very fragrant, color variable flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 8 inches [20 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Cattleya C aliciae 1895 L.Linden
Add+ Cattleya C carrierei 1876 Houllet
Add+ Cattleya C edithiana 1862 B.S.Williams
Add+ Cattleya C reineckiana 1856 Rchb.f.
Add+ Cattleya C wageneri 1854 Rchb.f.
Add+ Cattleya C wagneri
Add+ Cattleya C mossiae f. flammea
Add+ Cattleya C mcmorlandii 1862 B.S.Williams
Add+ Cattleya C mossiae h.f. gigantea
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