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Orchid Species: Cattleya rex

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)
Cattleya rex is an orchid species identified by O'Brien in 1890.
Genus
Cattleya (C.)
Grex
rex
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
O'Brien
Year
1890
ORIGIN: A Colombian and Peruvian epiphytic species in wet montane forests high up on exposed tree trunks at elevations around 1350 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A Colombian and Peruvian epiphytic species in wet montane forests high up on exposed tree trunks at elevations around 1350 meters that grows cool and has woody, short, branching rhizome with crowded, slightly flattened, fusiform-clavate, unifoliate pseudobulbs subtended by 5 to 6 scarious sheaths and a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblong, obtuse to shortly acute, stiffly coriaceous, yellow green leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, erect, subumbellate, 6 [15 cm] long, yet shorter than the leaves, loosely few to several [3 to 8] flowered inflorescence subtended by a large basal green sheath, arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb and carrying fragrant, color variable flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 7 inches [17.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Most awarded/recent cultivars: C. rex 'Excalibur' (2 awards from 2012 to 2017) C. rex 'Ilmthal' (2017) C. rex 'Butzi' (2015) C. rex 'Tomy' (2013) C. rex 'Macarena' (2013) C. rex 'Silvana's Sunshine' (2001) C. rex 'Silvano Flores' (2001) C. rex 'Red Marsh' (1984)
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