Laelia bahiensis Schltr. 1921 Photo by © Denis Duveen

Another Flower Photo by © John Denson and his The Cattleya Orchid Source Website

Plant in situ in Bahia Brazil Photos by Sidney Marçal


Common Name or Meaning The Bahia Laelia [a State in northeastern Brazil]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in northeastern Brazil in the state of Bahia in the Chapada da Diamantina at elevations around 1100 to 1700 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte from the side of rocks in full sun with cylindrical to fusiform pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptic, acute, basally conduplicate leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, 12 to 28" [30 to 70 cm] long, racemose, few to several [10] flowered inflorescence with the successive, well-spaced flowers opening over several weeks.

Synonyms Cattleya luetzelburgii Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella bahiensis (Schltr.) H.G. Jones 1975; Sophronitis bahiensis (Schltr.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo ok; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis bahiense; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005