Laelia lundii Rchb. f. 1881 SUBGENUS Microlaelia [Schlechter] Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Lund's Laelia [Danish Plant Collector in Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3 to 4 cm]

A Brazilian and Bolivian miniature epiphytic or lithophytic species with 2 leaves found at an altitude of 740 to 1000 meters in thickets among the coastal mountains or tucumano-boliviano forests with short, robust, oblong-fusiform, slightly compressed, pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, small, erect to spreading, fleshy, semicylindric, linear, very acute, slightly arcuate, deeply channeled above leaves that flowers in the mid-winter and spring on a short, ascending raceme arising from a new growth with minute bracts and 2 flowers held among the leaves. A strange sidenote, this is the only Brazilian Laelia with more than one leaf.

Synonyms Bletia lundii Rchb. f. & Warm. 1881; Cattleya lundii (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Van den Berg 2008; Laelia lundii var. alba L.C.Menezes 1998; Laelia regnelii Barb. Rod. 1882; Laelia reichenbachiana Wendl. 1892 & Kraenzl.; Microlaelia lundii (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Sophronitis lundii (Rchb. f. & Warm.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Bletia lundii; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as L reichenbachiana drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958 photo; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis lundii; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide;

Laelia lundii Rchb. f. 1881 var alba SUBGENUS Microlaelia [Schlechter] Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Mauro Rosim of Brazil.

A white variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide

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