Laelia milleri Blumen. 1960

SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Parviflorae Lindley

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo by Patricia Harding.

LATE and EARLY

Common Name Miller's Laelia [Brazilian Biologist 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Brazil as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing "rupicolous" lithophyte on iron ore outcroppings in Minas Gerais or on the base of Vellozia shrubs at elevations of 800 to 1300 meters with clustered, flask shaped pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate-oblong, acute, rigid, erect, dark green tinged with purple, keeled below leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a erect, 12 to 18" [30 to 50 cm] long, several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence with successive opening flowers, held well above the leaves.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 2 1964 photo; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 1 1991 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis milleri; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 5 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 4 2008 photo as Sophronitis milleri; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo as Sophronitis milleri; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Garritsen 2013 as Cattleya milleri

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