Orchid Hybrid Cattlianthe Portia


Cattlianthe Portia (formerly Cattleya Portia) is an epipytic growing orchid hybrid, a crossing between Guarianthe bowringiana (seed parent)
and Cattleya labiata (pollen parent).

The impressive, large flowered orchid hybrid has been registered with the Royal Horticultural Society in the year 1897 by Sir Harry James Veitch (1840 – 1924), an English horticulturist. Flowers get a size of about 10 cm in diameter. Flowering period: Autumn. As Harry Veitch developed the purple (coerulea) colored orchid hybrid, it was a primary hybrid, as Guarianthe bowringiana (Veitch) Dressler & W.E. Higgins 2003 was Cattleya bowringiana Veitch 1885. Due to the change of the botanical name Cattlianthe Portia (formerly Cattleya Portia) became an intergeneric hybrid. Cattlianthe, abbreviated Ctt., is the nothogenus (hybrid genus) for crossings between Guarianthe and Cattleya orchids.

The Cattlianthe Portia orchid hybrid requires intermediate - warm temperatures and bright light. With the right amount of light, the orchid will show apple-green leaves, if leaves get a dark-green color, there is a lack of light and the orchid may not set flowers. Cattleya orchids and also Cattlianthe hybrids need water heavily during growth season, but shouldn´t be kept too wet to avoid root rot. Like most orchids, they should never sit in water. Cattlianthe Portia is often misspelled as Cattlianthe Porcia, which is a crossing between Cattleya Armstrongiae and Cattlianthe bowringiana.

Cattlianthe Portia
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Image: Orchid Hybrid Cattlianthe Portia
Photographer : Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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