Laelia crispata [Thunb.]Garay 1974 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Rupestres Withner 1990 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard.

Plant in situ - Morro Do Chappel, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil 500 meters Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl.

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Common Name Cliff-dwelling Laelia

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 1 13/4" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on iron ore hills as a small to medium sized, "rupicolous" lithophyte, encountered under dense scrub bushes on cliff ledges at an elevation of 400-1200 meters with terete, cylindrical pseudobulbs with a stout basal sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery, narrowly oblong, obtuse leaf. Well drained pots in a cool to warm environment and bright indirect light combined with a dry winter rest will make this an easy late winter and early spring blooming species with a 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long raceme subtended by a compressed sheath and having from 2 to 10 flowers once established.

Synonyms Amalia flava (Lindl. ex Heynh.) Heynh. 1846; Amalia fulva (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Bletia rupestris (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1861; Cattleya caetensis (Pabst) Van den Berg 2010; Cattleya crispata (Thunb.) Van den Berg 2008; Cattleya flava (Lindl.) Beer 1854; *Cymbidium crispatum Thunb. 1818; Hoffmannseggella caetensis (Pabst) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; Hoffmannseggella crispata (Thunb.) H.G.Jones 1974; Hoffmannseggella rupestris (Lindl.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; Laelia caetensis Pabst 1975; Laelia fulva Lindl. ex Heynh 1846; Laelia rupestris Lindley 1842; Sophronitis caetensis (Pabst) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2000; Sophronitis crispata (Thunb.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000; Sophronitis mirandai Van Der Berg & Chase 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 as L x caetenesis; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis x caetensis; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis crispata

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