Cattleya bowringiana O'Brien 1885 SUBGENUS Circumvola SECTION Moradae Withner 1989

Photos by Eric Hunt

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Common Name Bowring's Cattleya [English Amatuer Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Belize and Guatemala are the home to this medium to large sized, hot to warm growing lithophyte found at elevations of 210 to 900 meters on rocky cliffs near fast moving streams in a humid atmosphere with club-shaped pseudobulbs carrying 2, rarely 3, apical, narrowly oblong, leathery, dark green leaves and blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect or nodding, long-stalked, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence arising through 2, basal, compressed spathes carrying up to 15 flowers that are not long lasting.

It requires a short winter rest from water and fertilizer after the completion of flowering.

Synonyms Cattleya autumnalis O'Brien 1888; Cattleya skinneri Bateman var. bowringiana (O'Brien) Kraenzl. 1892; Guarianthe bowringiana (O'Brien) Dressler & W.E. Higgins 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as C skinneri var bowringiana drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 6 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 6 1967 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #7 1967 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo/drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 5 1981 photo fide; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 10 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 as C bowringia var albescens photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Catttleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 9 2002 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #2 2002 photo fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 10 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #10 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #10 2012 photo fide Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Guarianthe bowringia photo good; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 as Guariananthe bowringianaa photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #3 2015 as Guariananthe bowringia photo fide; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Guariananthe bowringina photo fide; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Guariananthe bowringiana f maculata; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 as Guariananthe bowringia photo fide;

Cattleya bowringiana Veitch var coerula SUBGENUS Circumvola SECTION Moradae Withner 1989

Photo by David Hunt

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 5 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 1985 photo fide; Orchid DIgest Vol 60 #1 1996 photo fide;

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