Laelia anceps Lindley 1835 SUBGENUS Laelia
Common Name Two-edged Laelia in Mexico El Toro
Flower Size 2 1/2 to 4" [6.25 to 10 cm] Fragrant
This is a medium sized, hot to warm growing species from Mexico
and Honduras and is found from altitudes of 500-1500 meters as an
epiphyte in coffee plantations, pastures, osk and oak and pine
forests with a solitary leaf in tall scattered oaks, or on rocks
below them or in pastures and coffee plantations, often in full
sunlight, with ovate-oblong, compressed, edges acute,
flattened-sides ribbed pseudobulbs carrying 1 or rarely 2, apical,
oblong-lanceolate, leathery, acute leaves that is an autumn to
spring blooming plant with 3 to 6 scented, long-lasting flowers in a
terminal cluster, per 2 to 4' [60 to 120 cm] long, alternately
sheathed inflorescence, that needs a dry winter rest.
This is a truly great hardy drought-tolerant species from Easten
Mexico with fantastic flowers, L. anceps is a Christmas bloomer,
angular 4" bulbs with a solitary thick dark green 8" leaf, long 2
ft. spikes each with clusters of 2 to 5 flowers, the very showy 4"
to 5" blooms are pale lavender with an intense crimson lip that has
a yellow/red striped center, very easy to grow and fragrant, does
very well outdoors down to 32 F.
Synonyms Amalia anceps (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846 ; Amalias anceps
[Lindley] Hoffmannsegg 1842; Bletia anceps [Lindley] Rchb.f 1863;
Cattleya anceps [Lindley]Beer 1854; Laelia barkeriana Knowles &