Cattleya x guatemalensis Moore 1861 SUBGENUS Circumvola SECTION Moradae Withner 1989 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Specimen plant Photo by Grace Longley

Flower Closeup Photo by Jean Claude George


Common Name The Guatemalan Cattleya

Flower Size 2"

This species is a naturally occuring hybrid of the species C. auriantiaca and C. skinneri and is found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte in low montane forests highup in large trees in full sun at low altitudes with clavate, rugose pseudobulbs enveloped by scarious, evanescent sheaths and carrying 2 apical, elliptic, acute leaves and blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, 5 1/2" [13.75 cm] long, several to many [5 to 10] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Cattleya guatemalensis var. wischhuseniana Rchb.f. 1888; Cattleya pachecoi Ames and Correl 1943; Cattleya skinneri Batem. var parviflora Hook. 1856; Guarianthe deckeri (Klotzsch) Roeth 2006; Guarianthe guatemalensis ( T.Moore ) W.E.Higgins 2004; Guarianthe guatemalensis var. pachecoi (Ames & Correll) J.M.H.Shaw 2007; Guarianthe laelioides (Lem.) Van den Berg 2015; Guarianthe laelioides f. pachecoi (Ames & Correll) Van den Berg 2015

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 2 1998 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as C pachecoi; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 631 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 632 Hamer 1982 as C pachecoi drawing fide; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Orchids Of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as C pachecoi drawing fide; The Catttleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 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;

Cattleya guatemalensis Moore 1861 var albaPhoto by M.E. (Pete) Thompson