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 guatemalensis ( T.Moore ) W.E.Higgins 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 2 1998 photo; The Catttleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 631 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 632 Hamer 1982 as C pachecoi drawing fide; Orchids Of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo;

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