Guarianthe skinneri

Guarianthe skinneri 'Casa Luna'

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Guarianthe
Species: Gur. skinneri
Binomial name
Guarianthe skinneri
(Bateman) Dressler & W.E. Higgins 2003

Guarianthe skinneri is a plant in the genus Guarianthe.


Plant blooms from winter to spring with four to fifteen 8.75 cm wide flowers. Flowers are fragrant. It is the national flower of Costa Rica.


Plant is found on tree branches in the humid forest from Chiapas, Mexico, Guatemala,Honduras,El Salvador, Nicaragua to Costa Rica at elevations of 200 to 2300 meters


Plants should be grown in medium fir bark with partial to full sun. The plant should be grown in a intermediate to warm environment. Water approximately once a week. To induce blooming, reduce watering during the winter. Plant can also be mounted.


Guarianthe skinneri 'Cabeza Grande' Guarianthe skinneri 'Cabeza Grande' bright lavender flowers on each stem, with a broad white blotched lip.
Cattleya skinneri albo-oculata Guarianthe skinneri var. albo-oculata Sepals and petals are white, lip is white with a yellow center
Guarianthe skinneri alba ’Debbie’ Guarianthe skinneri var alba ’Debbie’ Sepals and petals are white, lip is white
Guarianthe skinneri coerulea Guarianthe skinneri var coerulea Sepals and petals are light purple, lip is light purple


Common Name: Skinner's Guarianthe


  1. Cattleya laelioides Lem. 1852-3
  2. Cattleya skinneri var parviflora Hkr. 1856
  3. Epidendrum huegelianum Rchb.f 1862
  4. Cattleya skinneri Bateman 1839

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