Friday, July 5, 2013

Rhyncholaelia digbyana

Rhyncholaelia digbyana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergRhyncholaelia digbyana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergRhyncholaelia digbyana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIn the fall of 2011 I went to a collection reduction sale and picked up a Rhyncholaelia digbyana. I divided it into the two leads and a group of three backbulbs. This is the backbulb division.

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 and is the 'B' in a lot of 'Blc' plants. 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.

As a rule of thumb I will say that the roots should be more than an inch long before potting, but that is a minimum. Any orchid that likes to dry a bit between watering can live quite well without being potted in a conventional medium. This has been in the limestone pieces for the whole time. It is growing the second new growth and has a very strong root system.


  1. Selling. Planned for eBay, but make a bid now and it's yours.

  2. This is one of my favorites! Every collection needs several of these stunners, in my opinion.

  3. Several indeed. I have 'Green Giant' AM/AOS, 'Mrs Chase'AM/AOS and 'Dragonstone' HCC/AOS in my collection.