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Laelia longipes var. coerulea

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Of my 5 rupicolous Laelias this is the only one that reliably blooms.
    The flower is about 1.5" (37 mm) across. It is in a 3" pot.
    A common syn. is L. lucasiana.
    Looking around on the internet this species seems highly variable or there are a lot of mislabelled plants.

    Look here at the flower color on the same plant from 2 years ago. Maybe more light this year?

    Laelia lucasiana1 rotate-900.jpg Laelia lucasiana plant-900.jpg
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Oh I love the rupicolous Laelias...well I like anything mini lol. Nice color. I just recently started growing these laelias.
     
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    weeand Well-Known Member

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    Very beautiful, Kelly. I like this type of Laelias very much, but as Jai I like all things small [emoji6]
    In june I bought one for myself. Laelia flava sulina according the tag. Well, we'll see. Keep my vingers crossed.
     
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    Dave The Scientist Active Member

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    Agreed these, and most little things are great. How are you growing this Kelly? I would love to get one if I can provide the right conditions.
     
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    I saw your other post. I should get one of these
     
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    Oh my gosh! Is that even the same plant as your original post? It looks so different, even the shape of the lip for some reason. Did the orchid fairy trade out your original plant one night :p? I have a plant labeled lucasiana, but just from the leaves it looks quite different than yours. Great blooming this year!
     
  7. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I know. I actually had to compare the exposed root and old spike from the 2014 photo to the present-day plant to convince myself it is the same plant. I suppose it is possible that there are actually 2 siblings in the pot that have been growing together since deflasking.
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Kelly, I've noticed this variation on my plant as well. I'm pretty sure your original division is a single clone. I'm not entirely certain that this is a true species, a there has been confusion with identification of this group. This looks different in plant form, inflorescence length and flower shape than another lucasiana that I grow.

    However, this did come from a reputable breeder, so until a genetic study is done with this plant, we have to assume it is correct.
     
  9. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info, Bill.
     
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    MikeInOz Active Member

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    Beautiful Kelly! I love these but I can't grow them. Eg: I have a milleri which just refuses to grow roots in a pot. I've tried, coarse bark, lava, clay balls, clay pots, dry, moist etc but no. What am I doing wrong?? Other species are/were the same..
     
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    Beautiful plant, Kelly! I love these little rupicoles.

    Mike, I've had decent luck growing my young plants in sphagnum moss over lava rock or expanded shale. They really seem to like the moss, not sure if it's just the moisture or has to do with pH or something else. Also not sure how well it will work longer term, so far I've just drop potted up a size as needed but the old moss could be problematic in a few years.