Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rhyncholaelia digbyana

Once again I regret sloppy note taking. I got a nice Rhyncholaelia digbyana early this year (I think). I did not immediately catalog it. It bloomed in September. I noticed a new growth starting so I divided it yesterday.

Rhyncholaelia digbyana - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

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. Rhyncholaelia digbyana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergIt 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.

The lead division is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5-inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs with one, possibly two new growths and it stands nine inches above the pot. That part of the plant has pretty good roots. The single pseudobulb backbulb division is because it was angled differently from the other three.

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