Laelia rubescens Lindley 1840 SUBGENUS Laelia SECTION Podolaelia Schlechter Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Inflorescence Photos by Peter Szabo

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Common Name The Rosy Tinted Laelia - In Mexico "Guarita"

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A Central American, medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with a single [rarely 2] leaf of dry areas and wooded regions in seasonally dry, deciduous forests at an elevation of sealevel to 1700 meters on exposed tree trunks where they withstand full sun for hours, yet get plenty of air movement to cool down. They are distinguished from other Laelia by their compressed, ovoid, wrinkled, dark green pseudobulbs subtended by papery sheaths carrying a single [rarely 2] leathery, apical, oblong-ovate, spreading or suberect, leathery, v shaped in cross-section, obtuse, basally clasping leaf and they flower in the autumn and winter on a new growth with a to 3' [90 cm] long, terete inflorescence with fragrant flowers all clustered at the apex that may close at night or not, covered in papery sheaths.

Mount on tree fern slabs and give bright light, ample water while growing and a dry winter rest after flowering

Synonyms Amalia acuminata (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Amalia peduncularis (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Amalia rubescens (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Bletia acuminata Rchb.f 1861; Bletia peduncularis (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1861; Bletia rubescens Rchb.f 1861; Bletia violacea (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1861; Cattleya acuminata Beer 1853; Cattleya pendicularis Beer 1854; Cattleya rubescens Beer 1854; Laelia acuminata Lindley 1841; Laelia inconspicua H.G.Jones 1974; Laelia peduncularis Lindley 1842; Laelia pubescens Lemoine 1852; Laelia rubescens f. peduncularis (Lindl.) Halb. 1993; Laelia violacea Rchb.f 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 26: t. 41, also misc. 20. 1840; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Laelia violacea; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia rubescens; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia peduncularis; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia violacea; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia acuminata; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as L peduncularis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing hmm; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 48. Panama Schlechter 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 131. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 10 1960 photo as L acuminata; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as L acuminata; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 1 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 1 1980 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 797 Dodson 1982 drwawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 9 1987 photo; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1441 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 3 2001 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2008 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;

Laelia rubescens var alba Lindley 1840 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

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