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Guarianthe skinneri

 
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Guarianthe skinneri - Guaria Morada, Candelaria, Flor de San Sebastian, Skinner's Guarianthe, The Easter Orchid
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Common name: Guaria Morada, Candelaria, Flor de San Sebastian, Skinner's Guarianthe, The Easter Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae subfam. Epidendroideae
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
Foliage characteristics: Bifoliate
Pollination syndrome: Bee (Euglossa viridissima), attracted by food deception
Plant size: 15-26" x 8-15" (38-66 x 20-38 cm), excluding inflorescence
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.
Fragrance: Fragrant
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.
Bloom Time (northern hemisphere): October to June; peak in February to May
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

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