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Cattleya skinner1i.jpg
Guarianthe skinneri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Laeliinae
Alliance: Cattleya
Genus: Guarianthe
Dressler & W.E. Higgins (2003)

Guarianthe, abbreviated Gur. in the horticultural trade,[1] is a small genus of epiphytic orchids, growing in wet forests in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad.[2] It was separated from the bifoliate Cattleyas in 2003,[3] based on phylogenetic studies of nuclear DNA sequence data[4]


  1. Guarianthe aurantiaca (Bateman) Dressler & W.E. Higgins - Widespread across much of Mexico, south to Costa Rica
  2. Guarianthe bowringiana (Veitch) Dressler & W.E. Higgins - Chiapas, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras
  3. Guarianthe patinii (Cogn.) Dressler & W.E. Higgins - Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad; naturalized in Ecuador
  4. Guarianthe skinneri (Bateman) Dressler & W.E. Higgins - from Chiapas south to Panama

Natural hybrid[edit]


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Dressler and Higgins: "Guarianthe, a Generic Name for the “Cattleya” skinneri Complex" Lankesteriana 7(2003)37—38 [1]
  4. ^ van den Berg et al.: "A Phylogenetic Analysis of Laeliinae (Orchidaceae) based on Sequence Data from Internal Transcribed Spacers (ITS)of Nuclear Ribosomal DNA", Lindleyana 15(2)96—114. 2000. [2]
  5. ^
  • Thouars, L-M.A. du Petit- (1809) Nouveau Bulletin des Sciences, publié par la Société Philomatique de Paris 1: 318.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2009) Epidendroideae (Part two). Genera Orchidacearum 5: 71 ff. Oxford University Press.

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