Rhyncholaelia digbyana (Lindl.) Schltr.

Digby's Beaked Laelia

Cultivar Vic

Cultivar Vic


Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Rhyncholaelia

Category: Houseplant


Yellow to green flowers with lighter lip, frilly to hairy margins on the lip. Lemon fragrance. Solitary flower on erect inflorescence.

From Orchid Album (Brassavola digbyana) Brassavola Digbyana is a compact evergreen species, growing about six inches in height, and having the pseudobulbs stem-like and compressed ; each stem bears a solitary glaucous leaf, which issues from a small sheath, one of which terminate each of the well-developed stems. The flowers are five inches in width and six inches in depth ; the sepals and petals being oblong and spreading, of a pale green colour with a purplish tinge, while the cordate cucullate lip is of a creamy white tinged with purple at the tip. The whole margin of the lip is deeply and beautifully fringed with dichotomous filaments nearly three-quarters of an inch long. It produces flowers, which are deliciously fragrant, during the winter months, and remains in beauty for two to three weeks.


Published in Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36: 2: 477 in 1918.

Basionym Brassavola digbyana Lindl. Also published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 32: 53 in 1846, Bot. Mag. 75: 4474 in 1849 and Orchid Album 6: 241 in 1891.

Native to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Synonym Laelia digbyana (Lindl.) Benth. - pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #9 in 1897.


Hybridizing Characteristics: 

Used for fringed lips. Vigorous and very fragrant. Dominant shape and lip fringe. Often one or two flowers per stem but can be very large flowers. Needs bright light and flowers at any time of year. (Hereditary Influences of the Cattleya Alliance - AOS.org)

My Experience: 

I saw the cultivar 'Vic' at the SCOS show in 2015.

Sources of Information

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