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Laelia rubescens

This is a discussion on Laelia rubescens within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Lovely bloom. Love the color and form....

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    Lovely bloom. Love the color and form.

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    They - this one and a couple of other laelia species - were called "the anomalous laelias" because they look different from the Brazilian etc ones, and are separated from them by a couple of thousand miles , with never a laelia in that distance. Maybe now that the Brazilian ones are all cattleyas, these are the only true laelias left -I haven't stopped to try and check up.
    I saw this species growing at a roadside eating place on the pan-American highway in Costa Rica some years ago - several collected plants all in glorious flower - tied to a tree. My spanish is very poor, but much better than their English and all I could get from the bartender, before I was torn away to get on the bus again, was that they came from the forest "above" - i.e. up the mountain. I couldn't identify it - never thought of looking at laelias - the bulbs were "all wrong" for cattleya alliance - but someone at Kew identified the photographs when I got home.
    I've had it on my wish list for the past 10 years, and only yesterday bought a single - probably very small - seedling at an auction site. Seeing your pic whets my appetite to see it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Maybe now that the Brazilian ones are all cattleyas, these are the only true laelias left -I haven't stopped to try and check up.
    They are now the "true" Laelia with some former Schomburgkia (superbiens...).

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    ahhh Geoff, all you need is to ask and I'll get one and slap a CITES on it and then send it your way. Its popping up everywhere i turn in the nursery. Where have all the bulbos gone?

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    I believe Wally and Ron knows how I feel

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    Lovely flower.
    This one goes on my wish list.

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