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Cattleya fournieri

Cattleya fournieri
I bought this as Laelia lucasiana fournieri. Now I know thats incorrect, so can anyone confirm that this is Cattleya fournieri. I think the seller may not have known if the plant was lucasiana or fournieri, so labelled it as both. If I am correct lucasiana is pink.

Cattleya fournieri

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Cattleya fournieri

Hi Dave,

I believe that your photo is what Cassio van den Berg would recognise as Cattleya fournieri.

In the past, this taxon has been considered a variety of Laelia longipes Rchb.f. (1863) [L. longipes var. fournieri Cogn. (1897)] but is now recognised as a distinct species in its own right.

Carl Withner (1990) seemed to have treated L. lucasiana Rolfe (1893) as a distinct species but it was merely a variant of L. longipes [L. longipes var. lucasiana (Rolfe) Schltr. (1917)].

That may explain why you have the name Laelia lucasiana var. fournieri on your original label - even though it was not validly published.

As for the name, this orchid has gone under a several generic names during recent times:-
Sophronitis fournieri (Cogn.) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase (2000)
Hoffmannseggella fournieri (Cogn.) V.P.Castro & Cniron (2002)
Cattleya fournieri (Cogn.) Van den Berg (2008).

My preference is for Hoffmannseggella fournieri, although admittedly it’s a bit of a tongue-twister!

The Kew World Checklist takes the easy way out and lumps it in with Cattleya and accepts it as C. fournieri.

Hope that helps.

Gary

References:
Carl Withner, The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol. 2. The Laelias, 1990.
Guy Chiron & Vitorino Castro Neto, "Révision des espèces Brésiliennes du genre Laelia Lindley." Richardiana, 2002.

Thanks

Hi Gary,
Thanks for your comments, my research led me to Cattleya fournieri, I just needed some comfirmation on its ID. I will now edit the post.

Davo