!Laeliopsis domingensis Lindl. ex Paxton 1852-3 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name Dominican Laeliopsis - In DR Flor de Mayo or Canuela

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5 to 6.25 cm]

From the island of Hispaniola and Mona Island Puerto Rico where it is found in dry coastal scrub forest at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters, this small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid to fusiform-cylindric pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, linear to ligulate, unequally round or bilobed apicaly leaves with serrulate margins that blooms most often in the spring and summer on a 2' [60 cm] long, slender inflorescence with a panicle of faintly fragrant, or not, flowers clustered at the apex opening in succession over a long period. It is best mounted on wood and given partial shade and moderate humidity but likes xerophytic conditions in the winter.

Synonyms Bletia domingensis [Lindl.]Rchb.f 1862; Broughtonia domingensis [Lindley]Rolfe 1889; *Cattleya domingensis Lindley 1833; Broughtonia lilacina Henf. 1851; Laelia domingensis (Lindl.) Millsp. 1900

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia domingensis; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Broughtonia domingensis; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as Broughtonia dominguensis Drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Broughtonia dominguensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 6 1966 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as Broughtonia dominguensis; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 as Broughtonia domingensis; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 4 1996 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana Y Haiti Fernandez 2007 as Broughtonia domingensis photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;