!Rhyncholaelia glauca [Lindley]Schlechter 1918 Photo By © Jay Pfahl


Common Name Glaucous Beaked Laelia

Flower Size to 5" [12 cm]

A medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte that is from Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras in open mountainous forests at elevations of 700 to 1600 meters with short, oblong-fusiform, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-elliptic, coriaceous, glaucous, obtuse apically leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 4" [10 cm]long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a newly forming pseudobulb with a fragrant long lasting flower subtended by a large tubular sheath.

Mount this species on tree fern with plenty of bright light, warm to cool temperatures and plenty of water, although a drying out is necessary between waterings

Synonyms Bletia glauca [Lindley]Rchb.f 1862; *Brassavola glauca Lindley 1839; Laelia glauca [Lindl.] Bth. 1880

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ; IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Edwards' Bot. Reg. 25: Misc. 47. 1839 as Brassavola glauca; The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 as Brassavola glauca drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia glauca; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Brassavola glauca photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Laelia glauca drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 6 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 10 1960 photo as Laelia glauca; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Laelia glauca; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1147 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 5 1999 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 1 2003 photo; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1075 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 5 2009 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide