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Cattleya bowringiana Bowring's Cattleya


Bowring's Cattleya, Cattleya bowringiana


Cattleya bowringiana Veitch 1885 SUBGENUS Circumvola S

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, cool to warm growing lithophyte found at elevations of 210 to 900 meters on rocky cliffs near fast moving streams with a humid atmosphere that has 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 with 2, basal, compressed spathes that is not long lasting and gives rise to up to 15 flowers. It requires a short winter rest from water and fertilizer after the completion of flowering.

Synonyms Cattleya autumnalis Hort. 1885; Cattleya skinneri Bateman var. bowringiana (Veitch) Kraenzl. 1892; Guarianthe bowringiana (Veitch) 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 5 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 7 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 10 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 10 1985 photo as C bowringia var albescens; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; The Catttleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1987; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 9 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 10 2006 photo;

Cattleya bowringiana Veitch var coerula SUBGENUS Circumvola SECTION Moradae Withner 1989 Photo courtesy of David Hunt