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Orchid Species: Cattleya sphenophora

Kew currently accepted name is Cattleya guttata

Cattleya sphenophora is an orchid species identified by C.Morren in 1848. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Cattleya guttata.
Genus
Cattleya (C.)
Grex
sphenophora
Parents
Species
Author
C.Morren
Year
1848
ORIGIN: From near the seashore in southern Brazil.

DESCRIPTION: Medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with cylindrical, elongate pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, spreading, elliptic-oblong, very coriaceous leaves and the inflorescence arises on a fully matured pseudobulb in the fall and winter on a terminal, to 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence subtended by a broad dried sheath and giving rise to heavy textured, waxy, fragrant flowers that can be long or short lived.

FLOWER SIZE: 2 - 4 inches [5 to 10 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 guttata 1831 Lindl.
Add+ Cattleya C elatior 1833 Lindl.
Add+ Cattleya C guttata var. munda f. semialba
Add+ Cattleya C guttata h.f. semialba
Add+ Epidendrum Epi amethystoglossum 1861 Rchb.f. in W.G.Walpers
Add+ Epidendrum Epi elatius 1861 (Lindl.) Rchb.f. in W.G.Walpers
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