Cattleya dowiana –aurea
Considered by some as a var. of C.
and by others as a species in its own right.
vegetatively, but with a very different and distinctive
labellum on account of the golden veining shape and form.
Inflorescence bear 5-6 flowers which are not as long
lasting as others of this genus but nevertheless very worthy of
cultivation and preservation.
First discovered by Warscewicz
in Costa Rica – 1850 - plants he sent to Low & Co. died.
Dried specimens he sent to Reichenbach did not arrive
in Germany. The discoverer had requested that this should be named after
a Mrs. Lawrence of Ealing, (not Lady Lawrence).
A second discovery was made on the western slopes of the central
mountain range – Costa Rica – by a native naturalist, Arce
Collecting for G.U. Skinner who despatched plants to J. Bateman in 1865.
Skinner requested it to be named after Capt. J.M. Dow of the
American Package Company who often
conveyed plants Skinner sent to Bateman.
It was established, described and named by Bateman and
Very fragrant flowers are
15cm.-(6”) across, ss. and the large frilled ps. Are nankeen yellow (
the ps. Are occasionally veined and/or flushed with magenta/red-majenta.
The large labellum is velvety, very rich crimson-purple, with
golden yellow veins radiating from the centre, with three prominent
golden yellow streaks down the centre. Warmth; humidity; high light level and air
movement are necessary, as for other species of this genus.