Laelia fournieri (Cogn.) F.E.L. Miranda 1993

Flower in situ La Caraça Minas Gerais Brazil elevation 1100 meters

Plant in situ La Caraça Minas Gerais Brazil elevation 1100 meters Photos by of Jay Pfahl.

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Common Name Fournier's Laelia [French physician and orchid enthiusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais Brazil on ledges of rocky outcrops at elevations of 1100 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with narrowly conical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, scoop-like, leathery, rigid, succulent, narrowly elliptic to oblong, acute, that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cattleya fournieri (Cogn.) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella fournieri (Cogn.) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; *Laelia longipes var. fournieri Cogn. 1897; Sophronitis fournieri (Cogn.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958 as L ostermayerii var fourneri; Orchid Digest No 38 No 2 1974 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 as L lucasiana var fourneri photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis fournieri; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Sophronitis fournieri photo good; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Cattleya fourneri photo fide;