Orchid Fact

In the early 1800's, English botanist William Cattley found an orchid that had been used as packing material for other plants shipped from South American jungles. He cared for it until it flowered with an exquisite bloom that caused a sensation throughout Europe. That plant was later named Cattleya in his honor.

Cattleya or Laelia

Cattleya (CAT-lay-ah) or Laelia (LAY-lee-uh)

These classic corsage orchids are showy and often fragrant. Because they need to thoroughly dry between waterings, they are a great choice for people who sometimes forget to water. These come in oranges, purples, pinks, reds, yellows, and whites.

Cattleya Family

Cattleyas and Laelias can be crossbred with closely related orchids to create hybrids. Hybrid plants combine the best qualities of both parents, and some can survive poor growing conditions or neglect. This "hybrid durability" makes them great choices for beginning orchid growers. Cattleya hybrids include:

Cattleya x Brassavola, abbreviated Bc
Brassavola x Laelia, abbreviated Bl
Brassavola x Laelia x Cattleya, abbreviated Blc
Brassavola x Laelia x Cattleya x Diacrium, abbreviated Iwan.
Laelia x Cattleya, abbreviated Lc
Brassavola x Laelia x Cattleya x Sophronitis, abbreviated Pot.
Cattleya x Sophronitis, abbreviated Sc
Sophronitis x Laelia, abbreviated Sl
Sophronitis x Laelia x Cattleya, abbreviated Slc

Additional Cattleya, Laelia, or Hybrid Images

Potinara Green Emerald

Notice the tag on the plant below: "Lc." is an abbreviation for Laeliocattleya, a hybrid between Laelia and Cattleya orchids.

Laeliocattleya hybrid

Cattleya pseudobulbs and leaves.

Cattleya pseudobulbs