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Laelia anceps

Cattleya Alliance Species

by Lou Lodyga

Originally published in The Florida Orchidist

Posted by Sys Admin almost 6 years ago.


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Laelia anceps is an undemanding and easy plant to grow for most people. This species is naturally occurring in Mexico and is extremely drought resistant as well as temperature tolerant.

It will thrive in temperatures from 20 degrees F. (-5 degrees C) to 100 degrees F (32 degrees F) as long as it is given enough moisture. It is known as a vigorous grower of medium size with long inflorescences from which it will have 3-5 lavender flowers measuring three to four inches. They are known for their Christmas blooming period although they can bloom from November to January.

Two distinct varieties are recognized by taxonomists an eastern variety and a darker western variety.

It needs a lot of light and needs well draining media. It grows best mounted where it can dry out completely between watering. Water 2-3 times during the summer and give a rest period in winter after it blooms.

It produces large clumps when mounted in trees where it provides a spectacular display. For this reason, it is very popular in mild winter climates like Southern California and Southern Florida.

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