Cattleya forbesii Lindley 1821 SUBGENUS Intermedia [Cogn.] Withner 1989 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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Common Name Forbes' Cattleya [English Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size Up to 4 1/2" [6 to 11 cm]

A cool to warm growing, medium sized epiphyitc or lithophytic species from Brazil found near streams or the sea coast on trees and rocks or on bushes under trees at elevations around 200 meters with slightly swollen pseudobulbs subtended by several membraneous sheaths and carrying 2 apical, oblong, coriaceous, spreading, rounded, notched apically leaves that blooms from autumn until spring on an erect, terminal, 4.6" to 6" [9 to 15 cm] long, 1 to few [6] flowered inflorescence subtended basally by a sheath from which long-lived, fragrant, waxy, color variable flowers arise.

Best grown mounted to tree fern or cork or potted in well draining medium, bright light, cool to warm temperatures and a warm humid summer and a slight winter rest after flowering.

Synonyms Cattleya forbesii f. alba A.S.Medeiros & Xim.Bols. 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. aquinii A.S.Medeiros & Pegoraro 2014; Cattleya forbesii f. aurea A.Seidel ex Roeth 2006; Cattleya forbesii f. beatriciana A.S.Medeiros & Pegoraro 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. coerulea A.S.Medeiros & Zager 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. delicata A.S.Medeiros & Zager 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. flammea A.S.Medeiros & Zager 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. maculata A.S.Medeiros & Zager 2013;Cattleya forbesii f. marginata A.S.Medeiros & Xim.Bols. 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. oculata A.S.Medeiros & Xim.Bols. 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. parda A.S.Medeiros & Pegoraro 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. rosea A.S.Medeiros & Pegoraro 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. rubra A.S.Medeiros & Pegoraro 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. trilabellata A.S.Medeiros & Zager 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. venosa A.S.Medeiros & Pegoraro 2013; Cattleya forbesii f. viridipetala A.S.Medeiros & Xim.Bols. 2013; Cattleya forbesii var. viridiflora Horta 1936; Cattleya fulva Beer 1854; Cattleya isopetala Beer 1854; Cattleya pauper [Vell] Stellfeld 1949; Cattleya vestalis Hoffmannsegg 1843; Epidendrum forbesii Rchb.f 1861; Epidendrum pauper Vell 1825; Maelenia paradoxa DuMort. 1834

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Epidendrum forbesii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulltein Vol 35 No 10 1966; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 1 1974 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; The Brazilian Bifoliate Cattleyas and Their Color Variations Fowlie 1977; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 photo; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 11 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 7 1986 photo; The Catttleya and their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 10 2001 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 7 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo

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