/kat"lee euh, kat lee"euh, -lay"euh/, n.
any of several tropical American orchids of the genus Cattleya, having showy flowers ranging from white to purple.
[1820-30; after William Cattley (d. 1832), English botany enthusiast; see -A2]

* * *

      any orchid plant of the genus Cattleya (family Orchidaceae), comprising about 45 species of air plants or rock plants that are commercially important as ornamentals and florists' plants. They are native to tropical America and are widely grown in greenhouses and other light, humid indoor environments. Cattleyas have large pseudo-bulbs (bulblike stems), 1 or 2 leaves, and 1 to 30 large, brightly coloured flowers.

      Cattleya labiata, one of the most commonly cultivated species, has been crossed with numerous other orchid genera to produce thousands of showy hybrids.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cattleya — gaskelliana Systematik Ordnung: Spargelartige (Asparagales) Familie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cattleya — Cattleya …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cattleya — [ katlɛja ] n. m. VAR. catleya • 1893; lat. bot. formé en angl., du n. de W. Cattley ♦ Orchidée à grandes fleurs richement colorées. « les catleyas surtout, qui étaient, avec les chrysanthèmes, ses fleurs préférées » (Proust). ● cattleya nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • cattleya — n. any orchid of the genus {Cattleya} characterized by a hood shaped three lobed lip enclosing the column; they are among the most popular and most extravagantly beautiful orchids known. Called also {cattleya orchid}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cattleya — [kat′lē ə] n. [ModL, after Wm. Cattley (died 1832), Brit horticulturist] any of a genus (Cattleya) of tropical American orchids with large, showy blossoms, often grown in greenhouses …   English World dictionary

  • Cattlēya — (C. Lindl.). Pflanzengattung aus der Familie Orchideae Epidendreae; Arten in Südamerika, mit schönen Blüthen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cattleya — Lindl., Gattung der Orchideen, prachtvolle Gewächse im tropischen Amerika, auf Bäumen und Felsen wachsend, mit steifen, konsistenten Blättern und einzeln stehenden oder traubig geordneten, schön gefärbten Blüten, deren sehr große, kapuzenförmige …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cattleya — Cattlēya Lindl., Pflanzengattg., trop. Orchideen, auf Bäumen der Urwälder, z.B. C. citrīna Lindl. (gelbe C. [Abb. 329]) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cattleya — Lindley 1821 [?]. Es un género de entre 50 y 75 especies de orquídeas epífitas de la tribu Epidendreae, subtribu Laeliinae de la familia (Orchidaceae). La mayoría de América Central y Suramérica (Panamá, Brasil, Colombia y …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cattleya —   Cattleya Cattleya gaskelliana …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cattleya — Disambiguation: For the fictional character see Katorea. Cattleya Cattleya labiata Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”