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Laelia anceps 'Dawson' × self
Number: TN3645
Name: Laelia anceps 'Dawson' × self
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: David R. Janvrin
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range W (70-90°F). For me, in South Carolina, it grows best with nearly full sun & plenty of water and fertilizer through the summer (for me, hanging outside in light shade) and can remain outdoors through light frost. After growth slows, limited water, no fertilizer and moderate light are all that is required.
Comments: Laelia anceps has to be the best Laelia species in all of Central America. In Southern Mexico the natives revere the flower and use it as a remembrance offering to their departed. The species shows significant variation in coloration (white, purple blush, and coerulea tepals with yellow-streaked purple or 'blue' lip), size, and form.

Parent plant: Obtained long ago as an established importation from an area near Chiapas, Mexico. This has the best color I have seen in a Laelia anceps, and wide petals for the species, though the flowers are somewhat smaller and rarely open fully. Typically 2 flowers per inflorescence. Medium-sized plant. Inflorescences typically initiate in early fall & take 4 months to bloom on a stiff, upright spike up to 1 meter tall with up to 4 (rarely 5) flowers per inflorescence.
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:   Winter: days average 68°F, nights 52°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 77°F, nights 61°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of anceps   From Latin "anceps" two headed, two sided, two edged, double. (Source: Brown 1956)
Etymology of Laelia   One of the vestal virgins, Laelia. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of anceps   AN-seps (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Laelia   LAY-lee-ah (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
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Availability: Seed not viable- failed. We were not able to make any flasks.
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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: Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. In Mexico, plants are found in the mountains on the Gulf of Mexico side of the country in the states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. They normally grow in warm oak forests with tropical deciduous trees at 3950–5250 ft. (1200–1600 m). The habitat is varied, however, and plants may grow somewhat higher or lower in cooler or hotter climates in both shady and sunny locations. The varied habitat indicates an adaptability that explains why plants are usually considered easy to cultivate. On the Pacific side of the mountains, plants are found in the state of Oaxaca and possibly in Guerrero and Jalisco as well. They are most often found in oak trees in humid forests at 5250–5900 ft. (1600–1800 m), but they occasionally grow on rocks. This species is also reported in Guatemala and Honduras, but we found no information about habitat location and elevation in these countries.
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