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Cattleya forbesii Forbes' Cattleya


Forbes' Cattleya, Cattleya forbesii


Cattleya forbesii Lindley 1821

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 of 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 3/4" 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 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