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Laelia rubescens semi-alba

This is a discussion on Laelia rubescens semi-alba within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Now you have a real specimen plant Chris! Just keep growing this one as long ...

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    Now you have a real specimen plant Chris! Just keep growing this one as long as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Quick update. Two spikes have finished and the last is just starting to open but this will probably be one of it's best days. Wish I could offer a better pic.

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    you might offer a better pic ( its the lighting of course) but you could not offer a better plant.
    This is one of a number of plants which were called "the anomolous laelias" because there is a 3000 mile gap between them and all the rest of the genus - mostly Mexico to Brazil, with none in between.
    When I had a holiday in Costa Rica many years ago, I travelled part of the great highway which runs a great distance down rhe American continents - has a very roantic name, something like the great American Highway. Anyway, the bus I was in stopped so that we could get refreshments etc at this little place in the middle of nowhere in Costa Rica, and there tied to a big post were several plants of what ( after a great deal of difficulty ) I much later got identified as this species. I asked in my best spanish where they came from, and was told "in the forest" I had to be dragged away from them by my wife who was sure that I was foing to miss rhe bus when it departed whilst I stared at these flowers. These were a good cattleya pink, but nothing like any cattleya I knew, with bulbs perhaps an inch or two high and just as broad, and spikes a metre long, with all these beautiful flowers swaying in the wind.. I thought they were more like phallies - although there were not many of those around this far back, and obviously they were 8000 miles away from any wild phallies ! I had rhe species on my wish list dor years, bought plants a couple of times, but never good ones, still looking !
    There was a fad at one rime of taking these Mexican etc Laelias into a differenet genus - Podolaelia, Encyclia, etc.,but peehaps they are all Cattleyas, now.
    But if tou wanted to turn me green with envy, Chris, you have just succeeded.

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    Thank you folks! I just wish it would have waited until at least one show but there does seem to be a conspiracy amongst my plants to not do that.I'd love to see a big patch of these out where its a bit breezy.

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    Beautiful specimen of this lovely species! Now excuse me while I go beg a few pieces from a friend..

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    Good job, Chris! Do they get lots of sunlight everyday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nora_cy_lee View Post
    Good job, Chris! Do they get lots of sunlight everyday?
    Thank you! Full sun nearly all day during the summer and as much as it can get at the patio doors in the winter. I've had it spike under lights but always have to move it when they get to be about 6" long or they touch the lights and burn.

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