Laelia briegeri Blumensch. ex Pabst 1973

SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Parviflorae Lindley Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo by Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website

Plant in situ Minas Gerais Brazil Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Brieger's Laelia [German-Brazilian Orchid Collector 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Brazil at elevations around 1370 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, rupicolus Laelia growing directly on rocks in small cracks and crevasses with small, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, stiff, coriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, acute leaf and blooms in the later spring on a terminal, erect, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that is much longer than the leaf.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band I Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 as L briegeri var alba photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo ok; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 under L flava; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis breigeri