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Rhyncholaelia digbyana 'Fancy Pants' × self
Number: TN2410
Name: Rhyncholaelia digbyana 'Fancy Pants' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Marianna Max  (Email:
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Pod Parent Flower
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Culture Notes from Donor: Reported to be a cool to warm grower (found from Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico), this species does well for me at intermediate temperatures in winter and intermediate to warm temperatures in summer (outside in New Jersey).
Parent plant: My plant enjoys bright light from its position near the glass in a south facing window during winter and outside in direct morning and afternoon light in summer. It is mounted on a piece of corkscrew willow. Temperature range CI (58-75°F)
Comments: This flower is notable for its frilly lip and the presence of a light, lemony scent in the evening. One trick people use when entering this species into a fragrance competition is to keep it in a darkened box until just before judging. This prolongs the evening fragrance into daylight hours.

Parent plant: Blooms reliably on every new growth, usually as the pseudobulbs mature in April or May. The reddish cast on the sepals and petals is likely to be a response to bright light and I suspect that if it were removed from bright light after the spike formed, the flower would be a clearer greenish white color. The flower in the photo measures a little over 5" in diameter.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 88°F, nights 75°F; best fit is Warm 90-70°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 82°F, nights 68°F; best fit is Warm-Intermediate 87-64°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of digbyana   Named for St. Vincent Digby, English orchid enthusiast of the 19th century. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Rhyncholaelia   From latinized Greek "rhynchos" beak. From the elongated fruit and some similarities to the genus Laelia. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of digbyana   dig-bee-AH-na (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Rhyncholaelia   rink-oh-LYE-lee-ah (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
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Yield Estimate: 540 plants (based on flask surveys done 12/26/2002 through 01/10/2003)
Yield estimates are only approximate, but may appear to be fairly exact numbers because they are a combination of large rough estimates in remaining mother flasks and more accurate small estimates in reflasks.
Plantlet Sizes: From many flasks 20 - 40 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 01/02/2004 through 01/07/2004)
From one most recently surveyed flask 20 - 40 mm (01/07/2004)
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Plants are found in the southeastern Mexican states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo with distribution extending through the Caribbean-facing lowlands of Belize into Honduras. They grow on stunted trees in hot, humid lowlands near sea level. There have been some reports of occurrences in Nicaragua and Guatemala, but we have been unable to locate any details relating to collections or habitat location in these areas.
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