Laelia praestans Rchb. f. 1857 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Hadrolaelia Schlechter Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Partial Shade Warm Cool

Common Name The Outstanding Laelia

Flower Size

Found in southeastern Brazil at elevations of 700 to 900 meters as a warm to cool growing epiphyte

Synonyms Bletia praestans (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862; Cattleya praestans (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg 2008; Hadrolaelia praestans (Rchb.f.) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Laelia pumila subsp. praestans (Rchb.f.) Bicalho 1976; Laelia pumila var. praestans (Rchb.f.) H.J.Veitch 1887; Sophronitis praestans (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia praestans; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as L pumila var praestans; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing as L pumila var praestans; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958 as L pumila var praestans; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 2 1973 photo fide; 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; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis praestans

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