Laelia purpurata var alba ‘Marcia Richter’

Laelia purpurata var alba ‘Marcia Richter’

Laelia purpurata var. alba ‘Marcia Richter’ has white petals and sepals with a yellow throat.  This is a particularly nice cultivar with pure white petals and a bright yellow throat.

Well-grown plants can make spectacular specimens.  This plant was grown by Mr. Richter.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Robert J. Richter.

Epidendrum bivalve

Epidendrum bivalve

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Epidendrum baumannianum

Epidendrum baumannianum

Native to: Mexico south to Ecuador. Epidendrum baumannianum grows in tropical rainforests at low elevation on steep banks. Sometimes, it is found in close proximity to ant nests. It grows on trees and rocks and even occasionally as a terrestrial plant.

Plant Size: Large. Epidendrum baumannianum has upright reed-like stems that have numerous elliptical leaves.

Flower Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Flower Description: Flowers are attractive and reasonably large and showy. The flowers open up over time for an extended bloom season and are produced on a 20 inch (50 cm) tall unbranched flower stem.

Bloom Season: Winter to Spring

Growing Temperature: Warm.

Additional Information: Epidendrum baumannianum was named in honor of a French gardener from the late 1800's. This species is closely related to Epidendrum radicans. Grow in a pot with good drainage and loose, open potting medium. Provide even moisture and moderate fertilizer. This species and its hybrids are commonly used as potted garden plants in tropical climates.

Synonyms: Epidendrum hawkesii

Epidendrum barbeyanum - Barbey-Boissier's Epidendrum

Epidendrum barbeyanum

Common Name: Barbey-Boissier's Epidendrum

Native to: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Venezuela. Epidendrum barbeyanum grows on trees in seasonally dry forests between 500 and 1850 meters in elevation.

Plant Size: Small. Stems are upright and have six or seven leaves distributed along its length.

Flower Size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Flower Description: The large, colorful flowers of Epidendrum barbeyanum are attractive and quite showy. The flowers are formed on a flower stalk that develops from the top of mature stems and bears between five and ten flowers which are fragrant at night.

Bloom Season: Spring.

Growing Temperature: Warm

Additional Information: Epidendrum barbeyanum was named in honor of a Swiss orchid collector who was active in the late 1800's. This species is closely related to Epidendrum difforme but differs in flower color and lip details. Grow mounted on cork or tree fern and provide ample water and fertilizer when the plant is actively growing. Allow a drier winter rest period. Epidendrum barbeyanum is attractive and has fragrant flowers which make it highly desirable for collectors.

Synonyms: Epidendrum amparoanum, Neolehmannia barbeyana