Cattleya forbesii is commonly found in Brazil, notably around Rio de Janeiro. They are less common here halfway around the globe, so to spot them at a show here is somewhat of a rare opportunity.

Cattleya forbesii

The star-shaped flowers are yellow-green to tan. The lip is a pretty pink with a bright yellow throat. Pseudobulbs are generally slender, slightly bulbous and carry two leaves on each.

From what I read, Cattleya forbesii is cool to warm growing and would therefore I think, be more acclimatised to the highlands in this region.

Unlike the ‘floofy’ cattleyas, I do find this species very attractive.


Cattleya forbesii – plant































Cattleya forbesii