Common Name: Supurb Schomburgkia
Habitat: Schomburgkia superbiens is found growing in rain forests in the mountains of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It grows on trees or rocks in moist forests. The plants form large colonies.
Plant Size: Large. The tall pseudobulbs form tight, expansive colonies. Each growth has between one and three leaves.
Flower Size: 5 inches (12.5 cm)
Flower Description: Fragrant. The flowers of Schomburgkia superbiens are large and last for a long time on the plant. The flower spike grows to 48 inches (1.2 meters) in height and has between 7 and 12 flowers clustered at the end. Flowers are lavender in color and havy wavy, undulated petals.
Bloom Season: Late Fall to Early Winter
Growing Temperature: Intermediate to Warm
Additional Information: Schomburgkia superbiens is a large species and is easy to grow and can make a truley impressive specimen plant with multiple growths in bloom for a long time in the Fall and Winter. Grow in a slatted wood basket, clay pot, or mounted on driftwood or cork. Schomburgkia superbiens needs room to grow and lots of bright light. Water frequently when in active growth. This species grows well in south Florida.
Some people still consider this species to be a Laelia and it is frequently listed as Laelia superbiens.
Synonyms: Amalia superbiens; Bletia superbiens; Cattleya superbiens; Laelia superbiens