Cattleya mendelii

Cattleya mendelii

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Cattleya
Species: C. mendelii
Binomial name
Cattleya mendelii
O Brien 1883

Cattleya mendelii is a plant in the genus Cattleya.


Plant bloom in the spring with four to five flowers. Flowers are fragrant and 17.5 to 20 cm wide.


Plant is found growing on rocky cliffs of Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes at 700 to 1000 meters in elevation.


Plants should be grown in medium fir bark with partial to full sun. Cattleya mendelii is a cool to warm growing orchid species. Water approximately once a week. Plant can also be mounted.


Cattleya mendelii 'Starbeck' Cattleya mendelii 'Starbeck' Sepals and Petals are white, lip is purple with a light yellow center
Cattleya mendelii 'Minuet' x 'Rynbaczk' Cattleya mendelii variant Sepals and Petals are white, lip is purple with a yellow center


Common Name: Mendel's Cattleya


  1. Cattleya bluntii H.Low 1876
  2. Cattleya cupidon hort. 1894
  3. Cattleya labiata var. bella Rchb.f 1882
  4. Cattleya labiata var. mendelii Sanders 1886
  5. Cattleya mendelii var. morganae (R.Warner & L.O.Williams) Braem 1986

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