Cattleya amethystoglossa

Cattleya amethystoglossa

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Cattleya
Species: C. amethystoglossa
Binomial name
Cattleya amethystoglossa
Linden & Rchb. f. ex Warner 1862

Cattleya amethystoglossa is a plant in the genus Cattleya.


Plant bloom from fall through early spring with ten to thirty 10 cm flowers. Flowers are fragrant. The flowers of Cattleya amethystoglossa grow to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Flowers are produced on terminal flower stems that develop at the apex of the pseudobulb. The unbranched inflorescence produces between ten and 30 blooms. Cattleya amethystoglossa is fragrant. The petals and sepals are light lavender to pale rose in color with mauve or magenta spotting. The amount of spotting varies widely between individuals with some individuals demonstrating few spots. The lip is bright magenta in color and partially wraps around the column. The throat varies in color from white to pale yellow or gold.

Cattleya amethystoglossa is a tall plant and has pseudobulbs that grow to 3 feet (1 meter) tall. Each pseudobulb has two (occasionally three) leathery, green leaves at the top. This species is in the Bifoliate division of Cattleyas.


Plant is found growing in palm tree trunks, rock outcrops, and large tree branches high in the canopy of evergreen trees trees in Bahia, Minas Gerais and Pernambuco states of Brazil at elevations around 600 meters. This plant is found growing in bright, airy, humid locations. Its native range has been greatly reduced due to habitat destruction, logging, and agriculture.


Plants should be grown in medium fir bark with partial to full sun. The plant is a cool to warm growing orchid species. Water approximately once a week and reduce watering during the winter. Plant can also be mounted.


C. amethystoglossa coerulea Cattleya amethystoglossa var coerulea white petals and sepals, lip is purple
C. amethystoglossa Jimmy Rogers Cattleya amethystoglossa "Jimmy Rogers" Spotted pink petals and sepals, lip is magenta


Common Name: Amethest Lipped Cattleya


  1. Cattleya amethystoglossa var. lilacina (Rchb.f.) Fowlie 1977
  2. Cattleya guttata keteleerii Houlet. 1875
  3. Cattleya guttatta lilacina Barb. Rod. 1882
  4. Cattleya guttata prinzii Rchb.f 1856
  5. Cattleya guttata Lindley var prinzii [Rchb.f]A.D.Hawkes
  6. Cattleya purpurina R. Br 1882
  7. *Epidendrum amethestoglosum Rchb.f 1861
  8. Epidendrum elatius Rchb.f var prinzii Rchb.f 1862


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  • Withner, Carl L. (1988). The Catttleya and their relatives, Vol 1. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press.

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