Friday, September 30, 2011

Rhyncholaelia digbyana

Rhyncholaelia digbyana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergRhyncholaelia digbyana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI don't have proper notes on this plant. I got it last year and forgot to catalog it. It has grown well this year but I am a little worried about the roots. It is potted in lava rock which holds quite a bit of water. In my environment it gets watered every day and I count on quick drainage.

Rhyncholaelia digbyana grows from southern Mexico to Costa Rica. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant, needs bright light and blooms in summer. It is used in many hybrids. It is often called Brassavola digbyana. The 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.

When the flowers have had a chance to fully open I will see about getting a flower picture. I like to have the flower picture go with the exact plant if at all possible. The picture on this post was taken at the SFOS show and tell table.


  1. Just over a year ago a massive specimen came into our club and was divided into at least 20 divisions as a new members demonstration. I got one which had two leads. It made sheath after sheath- but never bloomed until last month. I finally got it enough light. It is not as fragrant as I was hoping it would be, but it is up to four leads and a frog lives in it. Mine is potted in small bark with lots of empty space in there as it has fallen out of the pot at least twice...

  2. Hi Richard, I have a nice division of Mrs. Chase. I have it growing in a clay pot with well drained medium. It is doing very well, here in South Florida. We get our share of rain. Perhaps a clay pot, maybe the answer to your frequent watering. My plant just finished blooming a few weeks back. Right after that, the plant put out a nice push of roots.

  3. Our orchid society meeting is a week away. I am going to defer any decision until after that and I can see the root situation. I will re-pot but just how remains to be seen.