~Laelia lucasiana Rolfe 1893 - See Laelia longipes Rchb.f 1863SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Liliputinae Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Plant and Flowers in situ Minas Gerais Brazil Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.


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

Flower Size 1 3/4" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in the mountains of Minas Gerais in Brazil at an elevation of 1400-1700 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing "rupicolous" lithophyte on fully exposed rocky outcroppings with squat, pyriform pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic leaf that blooms on an erect, 2 1/4" [6 cm] long, few [1 to 3] flowered raceme that just clears leaf height occuring in the late spring and summer in cultivation and fall in Brazil.

It needs to be potted with coarse materials such as expanded shale and sphagnum, given a definite 6 month winter rest with only occasional mistings, bright light and water only while growing. Said to be a synonym of Laelia longipes.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band I Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977

Laelia lucasiana var. alba Rolfe 1893 subgen Parviflorae sec Liliputinae Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Nelson Machado


References Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;