Laelia crispata [Thunb.]Garay 1974 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Rupestres Withner 1990

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Color Form

Photo by Marius Wasbauer.

Flower Closeup

Photo by Oliver Lenhard.

Plant in situ - Morro Do Chappel, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil 500 meters

Photo by Jay Pfahl.


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 to 1200 meters with terete, cylindrical pseudobulbs with a stout basal sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery, narrowly oblong, obtuse leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long, racemose 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence subtended by a compressed sheath.

Well drained pots in a cool to warm environment and bright indirect light combined with a dry winter rest keep this epiphytic orchid happy.

Synonyms Amalia flava (Lindl. ex Heynh.) Heynh. 1846; Amalia fulva (Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Cattleya caetensis (Pabst) Van den Berg 2010; Cattleya crispata (Thunb.) Van den Berg 2008; Cattleya flava (Lindl.) Beer 1854; Cattleya lutea Guidon 1858; *Cymbidium crispatum Thunb. 1818; Hoffmannseggella caetensis (Pabst) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; Hoffmannseggella crispata (Thunb.) H.G.Jones 1974; Laelia caetensis Pabst 1975; Laelia fulva Lindl. ex Heynh 1846;Sophronitis caetensis (Pabst) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2000; Sophronitis crispata (Thunb.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing not; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as L x caetensis drawing ok; 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; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis x caetensis; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis crispata; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #12 2011 as Cattleya cripataphoto fide;