Laelia dayana Rchb. f. 1876 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Hadrolaelia Schlechter Photo by Jean Claude George

Laelia dayana var coerulea Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Day's Laelia [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [4.5 cm]

Found in Brazil at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters in the Organ Mountains near Rio on lichen covered trees in forests as a small sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious sheaths and carrying a single, fleshy, broad leaf that blooms in the summer till fall on a 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Mount on a tree fern slab and give bright light, air circulation and cool to warm temperatures as well as a dry winter rest to encourage blooming

Synonyms Cattleya bicalhoi Van den Berg 2008; Hadrolaelia dayana ( Rchb.f. ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Laelia pumila subsp. dayana (Rchb.f.) Bicalho 1976; Laelia pumila var dayana Burb. ex Dean 1877; Sophronitis dayana (Rchb. f.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as L pumila var dayana; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as L pumila var dayana drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958 as L pumila var dayana; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 2 1973 photo fide; 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 as L pumila ssp dayana; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 5 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 3 1980 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 2 1982 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 4 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis dayana; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Sophronitis dayana photo fide;


Laelia dayana Rchb. f. 1876 var semi-alba Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

A color version of the previous species