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Orchid Species: Cattleya pumila

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)
Cattleya pumila is an orchid species identified by Hook. in 1838.
Cattleya (C.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
ORIGIN: Brazilian, warm to cool growing, miniature, epiphytic species, from elevations of 600 to 1300 meters low down on trees in swampy woods with some shade and high humidity.

DESCRIPTION: Warm to cool growing, miniature, epiphytic species, with a solitary leaf and small, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, narrowly oblong-ligulate, leathery leaf that blooms in the fall with one or 2, long-lasting, showy, fragrant flowers on a 3 3/4 [9 cm] long inflorescence subtended by a membranous sheath that likes some shade and high humidity unlike many others.

FLOWER SIZE: 3 to 4 inches [7.5 to 11 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Sophronitis S pumila 1838 Hook.
Add+ Cattleya C pinellii 1851 Lindl.
Add+ Cattleya C spectabilis 1850
Add+ Hadrolaelia Hdl spectabilis 2004
Add+ Laelia L spectabilis 1990
Add+ Hadrolaelia Hdl pumila 2002 (Hook.) Chiron & V.P.Castro
Add+ Laelia L pumila 1853 (Hook.) Rchb.f.
Add+ Bletia Bletia pumila 1862 (Hook.) Rchb.f. in W.G.Walpers
Add+ Cattleya C pinellii 1851 Lindl.
Add+ Sophronitis S pumila 2000 (Hook.) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase
Add+ Sophronitis S pumila 2000 (Hook.) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase
Add+ Cattleya C marginata 1843
Add+ Cattleya C pinellii 1838 Hook.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: C. pumila h.f. alba 'Wide Hill' (4 awards from 2014 to 2018) L. pumila 'Black Diamond' (4 awards from 1985 to 2001) C. pumila 'Inge' (2 awards in 2018) C. pumila h.f. alba 'Albarus' (2 awards from 2015 to 2017) C. pumila 'Black Diamant' (2 awards from 2015 to 2016) C. pumila 'Thanh Nhi' (2 awards in 2012) C. pumila 'Ally' (2 awards in 2011) L. pumila 'Beaver Valley' (2 awards in 1968) C. pumila 'Dark Knight' (2018) C. pumila 'Günter' (2018) C. pumila 'AWZ USA' (2018) C. pumila 'Isabella Rosalia' (2017) C. pumila h.f. alba 'Alburus' (2017) C. pumila 'Jocelyn' (2017) C. pumila 'Super Nova' (2017) C. pumila 'Mountain View' (2017) C. pumila 'Kokusai' (2017) C. pumila 'Ninja' (2016) C. pumila 'Darling' (2016) C. pumila 'Rudi' (2015)
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