national flower： Honduras
- Flower nameRhyncholaeria digbyana
- Scientific namerhyncholaeria digbyana
- AliasRhyncholaelia digbyana
- Place of origin Central and South America in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica
- Place of floweringSpecific area
- Flowering seasonApril, May, June
What is Rhyncholaeria digbyana
Rhyncholaeria digbyana (scientific name: rhyncholaeria digbyana) is a perennial epiphytic orchid native to Central and South America in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica, in the genus Rhyncholaeria of the orchid family. It grows on rocks and tree trunks in lowland areas with good exposure and was designated the national flower of Honduras on November 26, 1969. It is similar to the cattleya, but has shorter pseudocotyls (15 cm long). The leaves are 20 cm long, flattened, oval, stiff, leathery, and gray-green. In spring and summer, from April to June in Honduras, short flower stalks about 5 cm long grow from the tip of the false globe stem and produce a single, light green to green, single flower. The flowers are 10-17.5 cm in diameter. Sepals and petals are elongated. The large whitish tubular lip petals have numerous finely lobed frilly folds at the edges. It gives off a strong lemon-like fragrance at night. It is a popular hybrid parent, and the genus Rhyncholaeliocattleya has long been bred to crossbreed with Cattleya (scientific name: Cattleya) for its beautiful, large lip petals.
Common name: Rhyncholeria digbyana, scientific name: rhyncholaeria digbyana, native to: Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, pseudobulb: oblong spindle-shaped, 15 cm tall; Flower stalk length: 5 cm; Leaf shape: flat-ovate; Leaf texture: stiff and leathery; Leaf color: gray-green; Leaf length: 20 cm; Flowering season: April to June in Honduras (spring to summer); Flower stalk length: 5 cm; Flower diameter: 10 to 17.5 cm; Sepals and petals: elongated, pale yellowish greenish white; lip petals: large whitish tubular; flowering style: single-petaled; note: flowers are aromatic.