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× Cattlianthe Molly Tyler gx

A tropical, epiphytic orchid, producing a clump of green, spindle-shaped stems carrying two or more, opposite leaves. The evergreen leaves are fleshy, with waxy upper surface and approximately 15cm long and 5-7cm wide. Mature stems serve as a storage of water and energy. The flower buds emerge from the centre at the tips of mature stems and are wrapped in two green sheaths. Large, fragrant, showy flowers are dark pink or purple, with dark red lip. They are up to 10cm across, and last on plant for couple of weeks

× Laeliocattleya Molly Tyler gx

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Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
Spring Pink Purple Green
Summer Green
Autumn Pink Purple Green
Winter Pink Purple Green
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposed or Sheltered
Botanical details
Native to the UK
Clump forming, Columnar upright

An orchid nothogenus (a genus which denotes a hybrid or a cross) for intergeneric hybrid greges (plural of grex) containing at least one ancestor species from each of the two ancestral genera Cattleya and Guarianthe, and from no other genera

Name status


How to grow


Grow in an open, coarse bark-based orchid mix with addition of perlite and coconut chips. Provide bright light conditions, but shade from hot, direct mid-day sun. Ideal temperatures are 15°C minimum in winter and up to maximum 28 °C during summer day. Water and feed plants regularly during the growing season. Ensure that all water drains away, preventing the plant sitting too wet. Provide enough humidity by regular misting. Reduce watering and feeding in winter months and keep in a bright, sunny position. As with many orchids, they grow best when well-established and slightly pot-bound. Re-potting should be only done if the plant overgrows its container or before the potting mix starts to deteriorate - approximately once in 2-3 years. The plant should only be re-potted when the new growth appears in spring. See also indoor orchid cultivation


Mature plants may be divided when the plant overgrows its container. Each division should have at least 3 older growths with a sufficient amount of stored energy and water, to support new growth and reduce stress after repotting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse

No pruning required


May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects and mealybugs. Thrips may cause damage on flowers


Generally disease-free. Poor air movement may cause bacterial or fungal rots. Good hygiene practice and sterilising cutting tools prevent the spread of virus diseases

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