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Orchid Species: Cattleya walkeriana

Cattleya walkeriana is an orchid species identified by Gardner in 1843.
Genus
Cattleya (C.)
Grex
walkeriana
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Gardner
Year
1843
ORIGIN: From Brazil where it grows on giant old trees on rocky limestone plateaus or small trees or moist rocks near streams at elevations up to 2000 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This is the only Cattleya [other than C. nobilor] that the terminal, shorter, 1 to few flowered inflorescence arises from the base of the pseudobulb appearing as a new growth thatit hails from Brazil where it grows on giant old trees on rocky limestone plateaus or small trees or moist rocks near streams at elevations up to 2000 meters with jointed, bulbous or shortly fusiform, shiny yellow pseudobulbs carrying a single [rarely 2], apical, elliptic or ovate, leathery leaf that is rounded apically and blooms mostly in the fall but can occur at other times [see varieties below] on a 3 [7.5 cm] long, arcuate, single to few [1 to 3] flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers that open very flat.

FLOWER SIZE: 4 1/2 inches [9 to 12 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Most awarded/recent cultivars: C. walkeriana 'Kenny' (8 awards from 1989 to 2013) C. walkeriana 'Feiticeira' (7 awards from 2012 to 2015) C. walkeriana 'Carola' (3 awards from 2012 to 2015) C. walkeriana f. coerulea 'Edward' (3 awards from 2010 to 2014) C. walkeriana 'Generosa' (2 awards from 2014 to 2015) C. walkeriana 'Jesu Magalini' (2 awards from 2014 to 2015) C. walkeriana 'Aroeira' (2 awards from 2012 to 2015) C. walkeriana 'Mirian Suzuki' (2 awards from 2011 to 2015) C. walkeriana 'Larissa' (2 awards in 2015) C. walkeriana 'Laurinha' (2 awards in 2015) C. walkeriana '2001' (2 awards from 2012 to 2015) C. walkeriana f. semialba 'Tokio' (2 awards from 2014 to 2015) C. walkeriana f. alba 'Branca de Neve' (2 awards from 2014 to 2015) C. walkeriana 'Fantasia' (2 awards from 2012 to 2015) C. walkeriana var. semi-alba 'Michael' (2 awards in 2014) C. walkeriana 'Carmela' (2 awards in 2014) C. walkeriana f. vinicolor 'C3M' (2 awards in 2014) C. walkeriana f. semialba 'Baton' (2 awards in 2014) C. walkeriana 'Henrique Dantas' (2 awards from 2011 to 2014) C. walkeriana f. semialba 'Lorena' (2 awards in 2013)
Articles Published in ORCHIDS.ORG Likes
CATTLEYA WALKERIANA: A Difficult Plant to Grow by Robert M. Hamilton (Compiler). It is often grown on a slab of wood, bark or tree fern, high up in the greenhouse for good light; grown relatively dry, on which it thrives. A66-765 0
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