Thursday, October 23, 2008

Brassavola digbyana

I have nothing in bloom in my collection right now, and no recent sightings of orchids in the wild, so I had to search elsewhere for pictorial content for the blog!

Thanks to Flickr and Creative Commons licensing, I found this nice shot of Rhyncholaelia digbyana alba ’Mrs Chase’AM/AOS taken by Flickr photographer Scott Wilson.

I have a fairly young Rhyncholaelia digbyana (Brassavola digbyana) in my collection which I purchased last May from Schreiber's Orchids. It has a new shoot on it, so at least, unlike a number of other plants in my collection, it seems to be doing alright. I do tend to water it less than other plants so perhaps that is its saving grace.

Maybe one day it will grow up to flower like the plant in this picture! I have read that the flowers have a lemony scent.


At 4:00 a.m., Blogger Unknown said...

I love your blog!!! I found another couple of pictures from a Cattleya orchid site.

Rhyncholaelia digbyana

Good luck with your R. digbyana. Mine rotted from too much water but my grandfather had a magnificent mounted specimen that thrived for many years.

At 6:28 a.m., Blogger Naomi @ WCOE said...

Thanks very much for your comment. Interesting to read that digbyana grows in the Yucatan. I wish I had known to watch for it on the side of the road when we were visiting in the summer of 2004. Thanks also for the tip, I will try and resist watering ... I usually keep it pretty dry. It just finished growing a new (its first here) leaf. Happy holidays!

At 12:51 p.m., Blogger Dabney said...

What a cool flower...any idea why 1 flower stalk from Brassavola x 'Little Stars' would suddenly turn brown and shrivel? The other two are blooming fine. Temperature fluctuation, moisture?


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