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Laelia furfuracea Scurfy Laelia


Scurfy Laelia, Laelia furfuracea


Laelia furfuracea Lindl. 1839 SUBGENUS Laelia SECTION Podolaelia Schlechter Photo by Weyman Bussey.

Common Name Scurfy Laelia or in Mexico - La Monjita - Lirio de San Franscisco - Flor de Nochebuena

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 8 cm] Fragrant

Found in Oxaxca state of southern Mexico and is a cold to cool growing, mini-miniature to medium sized epiphyte occuring at elevations of 2100 to 3000 meters on the rough bark of scrubby oaks, with a conic-ovoid, 3 noded, slightly ribbed pseudobulb carrying a solitary [rarely 2], apical, erect, lanceolate, acute, fleshy leaf, that blooms in the fall to mid winter on a slender, short to 12" [15 to 30 cm], arching raceme with 3 to 5 long-lived, fragrant, color variable flowers. This species needs a cork or treefern mount, high humidity year round but it needs a decided winter rest with bright light after the growth has matured.

Synonyms Amalia furfuracea (Lindl.) Heynh, 1846; Bletia furfuracea Rchb.f 1861; Cattleya furfuracea Beer 1854; Laelia autumnalis var. furfuracea [Lindley] Rolfe