Glasgow Botanic Garden

Large-Flowered Cattleya Species

The Queen of the Orchid World Spreads Her Wings to Cover the Whole Year

 

C. trianaei

When a vagabond plant collector named William Swainson sent a bundle of strange lavender-flowered plants thought to be parasitic to the Glasgow Botanic Garden in 1817, he opened the door to a flood of excitement that would engulf the horticultural world for the rest of the century.

Cattleya crispa (Laelia)

The Sleeping Giant

 

Text and Images by A. A. Chadwick

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