Habitat: Mexico and Central America. Laelia rubescens grows on exposed tree trunks in seasonally dry deciduous forests from sea level to 1700 meters from Mexico to western Panama.
Plant Size: Medium. The pseudobulbs of Laelia rubescens are egg-shaped and compressed and have a single long, narrow leaf (ocassionally two leaves). Leaves are dark green.
Flower Size: Small to Medium. 2 inches (4-7 cm).
Flower Description: Frangrant. The typical flower color of Laelia rubescens is pale to concolor pink. The flower spike forms on new growths and can reach 3 feet (1 meter) in height. The flowers are clustered near the tip of the infloresence.
Bloom Season: Fall, Winter
Growing Temperature: Cool to Warm
Additional Information: Laelia rubescens does well mounted or in pots and is easy to grow. It can be grown outside in Southern California in frost-free areas.
A few different color forms exist:
- Laelia rubescens var. alba
- This form has white petals and sepals with a yellow throat.
- Laelia rubescens var. aurea
- This form has medium yellow petals and sepals with a yellow lip. It may be a separate species.
- Laelia rubescens var. semi-alba
- The semi-alba form has white petals and sepals with a colored lip.
Grow Laelia rubescens on tree fern or cork slabs. Provide bright light with good air circulation and ample water during active growth. Give the species a dry winter rest after flowering.
Synonyms: Amalia acuminata; Amalia peduncularis; Amalia rubescens; Bletia acuminata; Bletia peduncularis; Bletia rubescens; Bletia violacea; Cattleya acuminata; Cattleya pendicularis; Cattleya rubescens; Laelia acuminata; Laelia inconspicua; Laelia peduncularis; Laelia pubescens; Laelia rubescens f. peduncularis; Laelia violacea