Monday, July 26, 2010

Cattleya forbesii

Cattleya forbesii - Photo by Richard LindbergI have two Cattleya forbesii plants with the same tag name. I hate it when that happens. If I have a flower picture with a plant it is almost always the flower from that particular plant or a division. Having more than one with exactly the same tag name makes that hard to handle.

Cattleya forbesii grows in Brazil near the coast and streams near the ocean. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms in the winter. It is best grown mounted and in bright light.

Cattleya forbesii - Plant photo by Richard LindbergSince I got the first piece from Dave at Cattleyaphilia, I am going to name that plant 'Dave'. It is ok to name your plants, it is done all the time. This is not an "official" name, just one I am using for record keeping.

Getting this plant from Dave sparked and interest in the orchid species of Brazil. Since then I have expanded my collection it that direction and have added a 'Brazil' page to the website. There is so much going on in Brazil that one could make a whole collection from just the one country.


  1. In reference to the "Brazil Page", Does C. aclandiae 'Iguassu x Valley Isle' mean the plant is a cross between two varieties of C. aclandiae? I just bought this particular plant for a "species"; not a hybrid. Thanks.

  2. When both parents are of a species, the result is a species. The variety name refers to a selected plant with a particular flower configuration and color pattern. Varieties are crossed with the hope of an improved flower as the result.

    Mine (and yours probably) is a seedling and the resulting flower might be better than either of the parents or worse. It will have characteristics from both.