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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by sam1147, Aug 1, 2017.
Do I see a faint blush of pink?
Right- not 100% sure this is a 'real' leopoldii alba
I agree that this is not a pure C. leopoldii [C. tigrina]. The lip lacks the long narrow isthmus to the mid-lobe, which I would expect for that species. Also, the side-lobes are not pointed but are rounded in your plant. Usually the lip side-lobes of C. leopoldii cover the column, leaving just the apex exposed. The albinistinic form of C. leopoldii has green sepals and petals and a white lip.
Your plant doesn't seem to match any of the known bifoliate Cattleya species.
The plant habit is not obvious in your images, but going by the shape of the sepals, petals, lip, and the white colouration of your plant, you may have something like C. Brazilian Midway?
It can however be difficult to narrow down a name for a hybrid of unknown origin as yours may not necessarily be a primary hybrid.
Reference: Fowlie, J.A. (1977) The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Varieties. Day Printing Corp, Pomona, California.
Gary many thanks for your efforts.
In fact the only white Cattleya I have seen with sidelobes paralel to a 'long' column is loddigesii . Andy Easton already confirmed to me that this can only be an hybrid,
although he does not know which .
Sam, would you like me to change the title? If yes, what would you like it to say?
You can change it to Cattleya NOID.