Taxon

Guarianthe skinneri

 
1 / 16
  Next
Guarianthe skinneri - Skinner's Guarianthe, The Easter Orchid, Guaria Morada, Candelaria, Flor de San Sebastian
.
Common name: Skinner's Guarianthe, The Easter Orchid, Guaria Morada, Candelaria, Flor de San Sebastian
Family: Orchidaceae subfam. Epidendroideae (Orchid)
Synonym: Cattleya skinneri, Cattleya skinneri var. oculata-alba, Guarianthe skinneri var. coerulea
Distribution: S Mexico to C America
Habitat: Wet montane forests; 650-7545ft (200-2300m)
Life form: Epiphytic
Bloom Time (northern hemisphere): October to June; peak in February to May
Ethnobotanical uses: In Guatemala this flower goes by the name flor de San Sebastian and is used to decorate churches on the saint's day. This orchid is also the national flower of Coasta Rica.
Fragrance: Fragrant
Bloom characteristics: Erect inflorescence is up to 5.5" (14 cm) long and has 4-12 pink flowers which may not all open at the same time. Flowers are 3.5" (9 cm) across.
Plant size: 15-26" x 8-15" (38-66 x 20-38 cm), excluding inflorescence
Pollination syndrome: Bee (Euglossa viridissima), attracted by food deception
Foliage characteristics: Bifoliate
Description: Guarianthe skinneri is a medium sized orchid which is well-known in the US for blooming in the spring around Easter.
Links: American Orchid SocietyInternet Orchid Species Photo EncyclopediaKew Science Plants of the World OnlineResearch Gate

Locations

. . Area
. Individual