Gardeners Chronicle 25: 37 (Jan 21, 1899)

EPI-CATTLEYA MRS. JAMES O'BRIEN

This is a cross between an Epidendrum, itself of hybrid origin, and Cattleya Bowringiana. The plant was raised by Mr. Seden, and shown at the Royal Horticultural Society on the 10th inst. by Messrs. Veitch, when it received an Award. The habit is that of Epidendrum, and the general appearance of the flower (fig. 11) is also like that of an Epidendrum, but the lip, although connate with the column, as in Epidendrum, has its scoop-like lateral lobes partially encircling the column, thus showing traces of its Cattleya, parentage, and the rich deep rosy-lilac colour of the flower recalls that of Cattleya Bowringiana. The upper end of the column is petaloid, as in Cattleya; so that, while on the whole, the appearance is that of Epidendrum, closer scrutiny reveals the existence of peculiarities belonging to Cattleya.

The flower is about 4 to 5 cent, in its longest diameter, and rather less transversely. The sepals are ovate-lanceolate, broad at the base, about 1 cent. broad in the centre. The petals are about 15 mill. across, the broadest portion being between the base and the middle. They are ovate-oblong, narrowed at the base, so as to be almost stalked. In colour, both the sepals and the petals are bright rosy-lilac. The lip is even deeper in colour, between 2 and 3 cent. in longest diameter, 2 cent. in greatest breadth. The stalk of the lip is connate with the column; the disc is oblong, with two lateral, oblong, rounded, erect lobes, and one anterior, flat, spreading lobe, the latter being divided into two rounded, slightly-toothed lobules, separated by an excised sinus. The column is about 1 cent. long, deflexed into a horizontal position, dilated above into two petaloid lobes, one on each side of the concave stigma. The two halves of the anther are widely separate; each of the four subdivisions contains a linear, imperfectly developed granular pollen-mass. The slender, elongate ovary is marked by six prominent rounded ribs, separated by as many furrows. It contains a single cavity, with no trace of ovules.

Epidendrum Hybrids