Arenas del Mar - The national flower is an orchid called Guaria Morada

Guarianthe Skinneri

This is the vibrant national flower of Costa Rica, although it is hard to find in the wild. Most purple guarias have been collected and are common on house patios and backyards all over Costa Rica. Scientists used to classify this beauty in the gender Cattleya, with some of the most brilliant and showy orquids and hybrid species. So its former name was Cattleya skinneri. Recently genetic studies have revealed that they make up a group by them self and it was called Guarianthe honoring the typical costarican name for it "Guaria". These days hybrids between Cattleyas and Guarianthes are considered some of the most beautiful in the world.