Cattleya loddigesii Marrissa.
One of the early importations to
be grown successfully in Europe.
Named after Conrad Loddiges the founder of a London nursery which
received the first shipment from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil it is also
one of many native to Paraguay.
In its natural habitats it is found on trees and on rocks, in sunny and shaded; swampy places. The slender Pseudobulbs are approx. 40cm.- (16) tall; bi-foliate; leathery leaves 10-12.5cm. (4-5) long and 4-5.5cm. (1.5-2) wide. Inflorescence can be up to 30cm. (12) long bearing 2-9 flowers, 8-11cm. (3 4.25) across. Sepals and petals are pale rose/lilac with some spotting in a deeper shade. The lip can vary in colour, the above photograph is of the var. Marrissa mainly white with pale rose/lilac suffusion on the outside; the column is white. Other vars. have pronounced yellow, white and pale amethyst/purple suffusion.
Can be grown and flowered successfully when mounted or potted providing the compost is open and drains easily, a little moisture retentive substance is beneficial. Warmth; Good Light; 65% humidity; Good air movement are this species main requirements