Cattleya patinii Cgn. 1900 Photo Courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name Patin's Cattleya [French Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago in humid forests at elevations of 30 to 800 meters as a caespitose, small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with fusiform, furrowed, bifoliate pseudobulbs with elliptic to oblong, fleshy leaves which blooms on a terminal, 3" [7.5 cm] long, erect, few to several [4 to 8] flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb, subtended by a basal sheath occuring in the fall.

The major difference in this species versus Cattleya skinneri is that skinnerii blooms in the spring and has a white tubular base to the lip.

Synonyms Cattleya patinii var. alba Cogn. in C.A.Cogniaux & A.P.G.Goossens 1900; Cattleya skinneri var autumnalis Allen 1942; Cattleya skinneri var. parviflora Lindl. 1856; Cattleya skinneri var patinii 1914; Epidendrum huegelianum var. parviflorum (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862; Guarianthe patinii (Cogn.) Dressler & W.E. Higgins 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C skinneri var patini; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as C skinneri var patinii; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Cattleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1408 Mora & Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Guarianthe patinii photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

All these references are for C deckeri Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 48. Panama Schlechter 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 134. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 3 1958 drawing; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C skinneri var autumnalis; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as C skinneri var patinii; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 4 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo fide; The Catttleya and Their Relatives Withner Vol 1 1988 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 2 1995 photo fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Orchids of Colombia Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide

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