Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Laelia lucasiana

Laelia lucasiana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lucasiana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI was really happy to see this Laelia lucasiana in bloom. I got it two years ago when I was trying to fill in my Brazilian species. I wasn't sure it would grow in my greenhouse but I wanted to try. It has grown and this is the first flower. It is about half the size it could be, but I am satisfied with it.

Laelia lucasiana grows in Brazil in the mountains of Minas Gerais above 4500 feet. It is cool growing, needs bright light and a dry winter rest. It blooms in early summer.

This plant is mounted on a 2 x 4-inch piece of cork bark and there are six pseudobulbs. I am going to leave it where it was, high and bright, right in front of a mister. I think that is why in did as well as it did, with the water cooling it in the hot air.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful orchid!! Seen it on one of my books, with deeper colors, but I like yours cause it has those light yellow lines on the tepals. Congrats on that flower.