Laelia purpurata Lindley 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo by Orchids and Tropicals Website

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name Purple-stained Laelia

Flower Size 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm]

A medium sized, cool to hot growing plant from Brazil where it is found as an epiphyte, with a single leaf, high in the canopy of wooded hillsides, with clavate pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblong-ligulate, leathery, erect, rounded at the apex leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on a stout, 12 to 15" [30 to 37.5 cm] long, raceme subtended by a large sheath with 3 to 7 long-lasting, showy, fragrant, color variable flowers with an anise scent and needs a dry winter rest and moderate year round light.

Synonyms Amalia purpurea Heynh. 1846; Bletia casperiana Rchb. f. 1862; Bletia purpurata Rchb.f 1861; Bletia purpurata var. aurorea Rchb.f. 1862; Brasilaelia purpurata (Lindl. & Paxton) Campacci 2006; Cattleya brysiana Lemaire 1852; Cattleya casperiana Rchb.f ; Cattleya purpurata Beer 1854; Hadrolaelia purpurata ( Lindl. & Paxton ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Laelia casperiana Rchb.f 1859; Laelia russelliana B.S.Williams 1885; Laelia wyattiana Rchb.f 1883; Sophronitis purpurata (Lindl. & Paxton) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia casperiana; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 1 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin vol 53 no 10 1984 photo; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 5 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis purpurata; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 6 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 2 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo as Sophronitis purpurata; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo as Sophronitis purpurata; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo as Cattleya purpurata

Laelia purpurata var alba "Joao Dias" 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 10 1983 photo;

Laelia purpurata var carnea Lindley 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Lip Detail Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Wilma Braga.

This is a light pink variety

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 4 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo;

Laelia purpurata var coerula Lindley 1852-3SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 5 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo;

Laelia purpurata var roxo-violeta Lindley 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo;

Laelia purpurata var rubra Lindley 1852-3SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Laelia purpurata var striata Lindley 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

Laelia purpurata var vagnota Lindley 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Laelia purpurata var werkhauseri Lindley 1852-3 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Wilma Braga

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 6 1972 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 3 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 7 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 5 1985 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 4 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo;

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