Laelia aurea A. V. Navarro 1990 Photo by © Weyman Bussey and his Abundiflora Website

Another Flower Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Common Name or Meaning The Golden Laelia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Durango, Sinaloa and Nayarit states of Mexico at elevations around 200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustereed, reclining, patially one above the other, one internode, compressed, sub-orbicular,ovate to elliptic, green often suffused with purple, smooth becoming rugose with age pseudobulbcarrying a single, apical, articulate, coriaceous, rigid,oblong-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, lightly carinate dorsally, the apex bilobed with a small central mucro, basally conduplicate leaf that blooms in the fall on a terminal racemose, pedunculate, to 12" [30 cm] long, slightly compressed, basally with 2 conduplicate, imbricate, bracts, 6 to 9 noded above, each node enveloped by a tubular, acute, appressed bract, 4 to 16" [10 to 40 cm] long overall, rachis compact, sub-umbelliform, successively 4 to 16 flowered inflorescence with extended, triangular ovate, obtuse to infrequently acute to acumiknate, lightly concave, scarious floral bracts and carrying eventually simultaneous, resupinate, fragrant flowers.

Formerly known as a variety of L rubescens, given species status in 1990.

Synonyms Laelia rubescens var. aurea (A.V.Navarro) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City). 7(4): 1980 as L rubescens var aurea photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 11 1982 as L rubescens var aurea photo; *ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 12(1). Navarro 1990 drawing/photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 as L rubescens var aurea photo fide; Laelias In Mexico ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 15. OCTOBER 1997 photo/drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001

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