Cattleya dowiana Bateman & Rchb.f 1886 SUBGENUS Cattleya SECTION Xantheae Withner 1988

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FragrancePart sunCoolTo WarmLATESummerTo Fall

Common Name Dow's Cattleya [American Ship Captain 1800's]

Flower Size 6" [15 cm]

This species is found in Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic orchid of tree crowns on the Caribbean coast from elevations of 250 to 1200 meters with clavate, 3 1/4" to 8" [8 to 20 cm] tall pseudobulbs with distinct ribs when too dry, partially concealed in young with basal sheaths that paper and shred with age and a single, fleshy, oblong-elliptic, light green, conduplicate, apical leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a terminal, 5" [12.5 cm] long, few to several [5 to 6], flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with short lived, fragrant, very showy flowers.

Cattleya aurea [often cited as a variety of C dowiana] occurs in Colombia and has larger flowers with more intense coloration. I consider it a seprate species so please go to its alphabetical listing within the encyclopedia to see its information

Synonyms Cattleya dowiana f. carmoniana Pupulin 2015; Cattleya dowiana f. rosita (Pfau) Pupulin 2015; Cattleya dowiana var. rosita Pfau 1895; Cattleya labiata var dowiana [Batem. & Rchb.f] Veitch 1887; Cattleya lawrenceana Warsc. 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C labiata var dowiana photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C labiata var dowianadrawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 47. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 133. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Orchids of Malaya Holttum 1957 as C labiata var dowiana; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C labiata var dowiana; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 3 1979 photo;Orquídea (Mexico City). 7(4): 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 7 1980 drawing; Growing Orchids Vol 2 Rentoul 1982; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; The Catttleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1305, 1305a Atwood 1989, 1992 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 4 1992 photo; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 10 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 7 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 1 2003 photo; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 12 2005 photo; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 drawing good/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing /photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide;

Cattleya Dowiana var rosita Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

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