Laelia rubescens

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Laelia rubescens (not my photo)

Common Names: Rosy Tinted Laelia
Scented: yes
Light Requirements: full sun
Temperature Requirements: cool to hot
Blooms: autumn to winter
Flower Size: 4 to 7cm
Synonyms: Amalia acuminata (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Amalia peduncularis (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Amalia rubescens (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Bletia acuminata Rchb.f 1861; Bletia peduncularis (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1861; Bletia rubescens Rchb.f 1861; Bletia violacea (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1861; Cattleya acuminata Beer 1853; Cattleya pendicularis Beer 1854; Cattleya rubescens Beer 1854; Laelia acuminata Lindley 1841; Laelia inconspicua H.G.Jones 1974; Laelia peduncularis Lindley 1842; Laelia pubescens Lemoine 1852; Laelia rubescens f. peduncularis (Lindl.) Halb. 1993; Laelia violacea Rchb.f 1854

A Central American, medium sized, cool to hot growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with a single (rarely 2) leaf of dry areas and wooded regions in seasonally dry, deciduous forests at an elevation of sea-level to 1700 metres on exposed tree trunks where they withstand full sun for hours, yet get plenty of air movement to cool down. They are distinguished from other Laelia by their compessed, ovoid, wrinkled, dark green pseudobulbs subtended by papery sheaths carrying a single (rarely 2) leathery, apical, oblong-ovate, spreading or suberect, leathery, v shaped in cross-section, obtuse, basally clasping leaf and they flower in the autumn and winter on a new growth on a to 90cm long, terete inflorescence with fragrant flowers all clustered at the apex that may close at night or not, covered in papery sheaths. Mount on tree fern slabs and give bright light and ample water while growing and a dry winter rest after flowering.


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