Laelia bancalarii

Habitat: Mexico. Laelia bancalarii is endemic to the western slopes of Jalisco. It is found growing on evergreen oak trees above 1000 meters in elevation.

Plant Size: Medium. The plant is very similar to Laelia autumnalis but the leaves are longer; 10 inches (25 cm) long and 1" (2.5 cm) wide. Bifoliate.

Flower Size: 4 inches (10 cm)

Flower Description: Similar to Laelia autumnalis. The flower color ranges from rose-purple to pink. The lip has darker color on the lobe and is white toward the center with yellow keels. The flower stalk is long and has 6 or 7 flowers near the end of the inflorescence.

Bloom Season: January to April

Growing Temperature: Cool to Intermediate

Additional Information: The culture of Laelia bancalarii is the same as for Laelia autumnalis. It grows well mounted on cork bark or a branch but adapts to container culture if given a coarse, well-drained growing media. Provide a cool, dry winter rest period. Once, this species was classified as a variety of Laelia autumnalis but was elevated to species status due to its unique spring blooming habit.

Synonyms: Laelia autumnalis atrorubens


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