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Cattleya forbsii Lindl.

Epiphytic orchid with two leathery leaves and a stem-like pseudo bulb, to 30cm, bearing 1-5 yellowish green flowers, to 10cm across.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Native of Rio Janeiro, where it was found growing upon decayed trees, by the late Mr. Forbes, by whom it was transmitted to the Horticultural Society in 1823.  Our drawing was made in the Chiswick Garden, in June 1824.’  [BR f.953/1825].  

‘A native of Brazil, and introduced to the Gardens of the Horticultural Society at Chiswick, by their Collector, Mr. Forbes.  Our specimen, in the two seasons in which it has flowered, (in June 1832 and 1833,) produced only a one-flowered peduncle, whereas Mr. Lindley represents two blossoms on the flower-stalk.  But as if to make up for the deficiency, the size of our flower is much greater.’  [BM t.3265/1833].

History at Camden Park

Cattleya forbsii was included in a consignment of plants sent from Kew by John Bidwill in November 1843 [AJCP].  It seems likely that these plants were forwarded to William Macarthur at Camden but there is no direct evidence of this plant being grown there.


Published Jan 27, 2010 - 02:31 PM | Last updated Jan 27, 2010 - 02:36 PM

Figured are the leathery leaves and stem-like pseudo bulb bearing yellowish green flowers.  Botanical Register f.953, 1825.

Cattleya forbsii Lindl. | BR f.953/1825 | BHL

Family Orchidaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Cattleya forbsii 

Confidence level high