Monday, March 7, 2011

Rhyncholaelia glauca var arobauta

Rhyncholaelia glauca var arobautaI can't quite settle on is whether to catalog backbulbs. I sometimes catalog them all and sometimes wait until the get into transition to add them to the catalog. At the moment I am back to cataloging them all. The reason boils down to documentation. I have too many backbulbs growing to remember all the history. Still, if I have a group of 3 2-inch pots with Laelia lundi fragments, it is hard to justify the work.

As backbulb divisions go, this Rhyncholaelia glauca that Tony C sent to me was pretty good. The pseudobulbs were still hydrated, there was a little live root and there is a sprout. I had no problem deciding to catalog this because I was sure it would take off when the growing season started.

Rhyncholaelia glauca sprouted backbulb divisionRhyncholaelia 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. The genus Rhyncholaelia (Rhynch) contains 2 species that were formerly included in Brassavola.

Tony just sent me a flower picture from the recent blooming of the mother plant. The flower doesn't have the typical red marking in the throat. This gives some sort of an answer to what the mysterious "var arobauta" on the tag means.

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