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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About Help Blog Jobs Welcome to our new website. It has lavender flowers with a darker purple lip and is fragrant. Refer to Figure to see a species, Sophronitis grandiflora, that looks very much like this one. This is a lavender orchid with excellent shape and color.

An offspring of Cattleya walkeriana, this variety is very compact, has 4-inch cm full, round-pink fragrant flowers with yellow in the throat. The South American Encyclia species have not previously been the subject of a book, and the genus presents many problems and difficulties.

This book is no longer available Unfortunately, we don’t have any copies of this book for sale. The claim to fame of the Encyclia radiata is anc sweet-scented flowers. This is a darling plant that only reaches 5 to 7 inches 12 to This hybrid shows, with its deeply fringed lip, the influence of the species Rhyncholaelia digbyana.

It has large, 5-inch cm flowers. In the following sections, I show you a few of the many outstanding hybrids, arranged by approximate color group. Thanks to the skill of orchid hybridizers and the breeding willingness of cattleyas and their relatives to participate in this process, the results have been flowers in a breathtaking array of colors and heady fragrances. A bright yellow with a contrasting red lip.

The Cattleyas and Their Relatives

Pink to deep rose, floral-scented flowers are displayed on this summer or fall bloomer. 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.


Clusters of 3-inch 7. A more modern hybrid that has large clusters of white flowers with purple flares. Relatively unknown but easy to grow. 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. A large, well-grown plant of this type of orchid is something to see.

An older hybrid that is still popular today because of its manageable size, clear red flowers, and easy culture. Cattleya maxima see Figure Highly awarded and one of the best known yellows.

Hot theie and oranges Most of the red hybrids are compact growers because a frequent parent in these is one of the sophronitis, which are both red and very dwarf. It usually blooms in the summer but can be variable. This is another important contributor for it compact growth habit, flower form, and color. They have their own following of orchid lovers. This one is a frequent winner at orchid shows. Sieczka, and Walter De Jong. Broughtonia sanguinea is a charmer native to Cuba and Jamaica.

The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their Relatives

These hybrids are more vigorous, easier to flower, and much less demanding. It sports lightly spice-scented, fine-quality, lavender flowers measuring up to 6 inches 15 cm across, with lips that are trumpet-shaped and edged with deep violet with white in the throat.

Conservation Land Management CLM is cattleyws quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. He has written more than papers and written and edited a number of books on orchids. Other brassavolas worth considering are Brassavola cordata: What caattleyas grand color combo!

Up to five 4 2- to 5-inch to cm richly purple flowers veined in yellow adorn this floral-scented, spring-blooming plant. Epidendrum ciliare has a spidery green flower with a delicate white fringed lip. One of the first hybrids to be made, in the s, this one has Cattleya aclandiae as one of its parents.

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. 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. 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.


It was the first one that displayed flares of color in the petals and lip, so it was used extensively in hybridizing to pass this quality on to its offspring. Laeliocattleya Angel Love is a perfectly shaped dwarf Cattleya with a citrus fragrance.

Another old-timer, this is a miniature with petite flaming orange-red flowers passed on from its sophronitis parent. This is where minicatts short for miniature cattleyas come in. A medium-size grower that reaches about 15 inches 40 cm high with leaves about 6 inches 15 cm long, this orchid produces sizable, 6-inch cm sweet floral-scented flowers that are a light pink with a contrasting dark purple lip.

The relativez spike can reach up to 3 feet 1 meterso be sure to give it plenty of headroom when it sends up its flower spikes. Sunny yellows Fine yellows have been a more recent development.

The Quintessential Orchids: Cattleyas and Their Relatives

Epidendrum ciliare see Figure Has spidery, exotic white to green flowers that are sometimes tinged with yellow or burgundy. Some of the greens have clear-colored flowers, while others are blotched in purple. This variety is sometimes offered for sale these days but is more frequently found in the parentage of many of the newer splash petals and flares. The Cattleyas and Their Relatives: It has a yellow and white tyeir with magenta flares and lip with pink sepals and a yellow throat.

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