Laelia tenebrosa [Rolfe]Rolfe 1893 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl.

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Common Name The Dark Laelia

Flower Size 6 1/2" [16.25 cm]

Found in Brazil as a medium sized, hot to cool growing species with a clavate pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-ovate to ligulate, leathery, rounded apically leaf and has a 12" [30 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising through a large, basal sheath and carrying 3 to 4, fragrant, short-lived, color variable flowers which occur from June through August.

Synonyms Brasilaelia tenebrosa (Rolfe) Campacci 2006; Cattleya tenebrosa (Rolfe) A.A.Chadwick 2006; Chironiella tenebrosa (Rolfe) Braem 2006; Hadrolaelia tenebrosa ( Rolfe ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; *Laelia grandis var. tenebrosa Rolfe 1891; Laelia tenebrosa var. pittiana O'Brien 1894; Sophronitis tenebrosa (Rolfe) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 1 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 5 1972 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 9 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 2 1985 photo; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis tenebrosa; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 12 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Hadrolaelia tenebrosa drawing/photo fide

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