Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rhyncholaelia glauca

I just got a couple of orchids in the mail. They were both South American species I don't have so they were very welcome. One of them was this Rhyncholaelia glauca backbulb division.

Rhyncholaelia glauca sprouted backbulb divisionThe genus Rhyncholaelia (Rhynch) contains 2 species that were formerly included in Brassavola. They grow in Central America and are fragrant tropical epiphytes needing bright light. Rhyncholaelia glauca grows from southern Mexico to Costa Rica in mountain forests at 2000-5000 feet. It is warm to hot growing, fragrant, needs bright light and blooms in spring. It is often called Brassavola glauca.

As backbulb divisions go, this one is pretty good. The pseudobulbs are still hydrated, there may be some live root and there is a sprout. Although this is not part of a trade, I'm sure I can find something to send in appreciation.

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