Laelia briegeri Blumensch. ex Pabst 1973

SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Parviflorae Lindley Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website

Plant in situ Minas Gerais Brazil Photos courtesy of 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; 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 albaphoto fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo ok; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis breigeri