Laelia haroldoi [Casto & Menezes] in ed SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Liliputinae Withner 1990

Plant and Flowers

TYPE Drawing

Photos Vitorino Paiva Castro Neto/Euler da Luz Fernandes Menezes/TYPE Drawing by Vitorino Paiva Castro Neto

Part Sun Cool LATE Winter

Common Name Haraldo's Laelia [Haroldo Neves de Paiva Brazailian reasearches and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil in mountainous region of Diamantina near Velloziaceae bushes at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose lithophyte with a inconspicuous rhizome giving rise to 2 noded, oval-elongate pseudobulbs enveloped by papery, deciduous sheaths and carrying a single, elliptic-elongate, acute, inclined, smooth, conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a terminal, arising through a spathe, 2, basal tubular acute bracts and a shorter one above, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successivevly single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with a tubular, short, acute floral bract and carrying resupinate flowers.

Similar to L kettieana Pabst but the new species differs in the larger pseudobulbs, longer leaves, longer inflorescence, shorter ovary, slightly smaller flowers, a smaller gynostem, median lobes of the lip as long as the width of the lateral lobes, purple tepals, lateral lobes of the lip purple, center of the lip is yellow.

Synonyms Cattleya haroldoi (V.P.Castro & E.L.F.Menezes) Van den Berg 2018; *Hoffmannseggella haroldoi Castro & Menezes 2018;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras Novas Especies Vol 15 Campacci & Silva 2019 as Hoffmannseggella haroldoi photo/drawing fide