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Orchid Species: Cattleya violacea

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Cattleya violacea is an orchid species identified by (Kunth) Lindl. in 1842.
Genus
Cattleya (C.)
Grex
violacea
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Kunth) Lindl.
Year
1842
ORIGIN: Found in Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador at elevations of 200 to 700 meters in exposed locations on trees near rivers in low, hot, wet tropical forests.

DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, hot to warm growing, ascending, bifoliate epiphyte with clavate, slightly compressed, elongate pseudobulbs that are sulcate with age and covered basally with close scarious, nonfoliaceous sheaths that are soon evanescent that blooms in late spring and early summer on a terminal, 3 to 4 [8 cm] long, erect or semi-erect, stout, reddish, few to several [3 to 7] flowered, racemose inflorescence subtended by 1 or 2 basal sheaths with a terete peduncle and fragrant, long-lived flowers that open very flat, all arising on a newly formed pseudobulb.

FLOWER SIZE: 5 inches [13 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 superba 1838 M.R.Schomb. ex Lindl.
Add+ Cattleya C odoratissima 1840 P.N.Don
Add+ Cattleya C schomburgkii 1838 Lodd. ex Lindl.
Add+ Epidendrum Epi superbum 1862 (M.R.Schomb. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f.
Add+ Cymbidium Cym violaceum 1816 Kunth in F.W.H.von Humboldt
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