Laelia gracilis Pabst 1979 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Parviflorae Lindley Photo By Brigette 0102 and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo By Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto


Common Name Graceful Laelia

Found in the state of Minas Gerais in the Serra do Cipo mountains as a medium sized, cool growing lithophyte under stunted bushes. The plant generally has a deep reddish purple cast with fairly bright light with a cool environment, blooming in Brazil in the late winter and early spring on a short, arcuate inflorescence with several flowers held above the leaves.

Pot with a coarse mixture and water while growing and give a drier winter.

Synonyms Cattleya gracilis (Pabst) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella gracilis (Pabst) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; Sophronitis gracilis (Pabst) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 1 1985 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo ok; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis gracilis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001