Laelia harpophylla Rchb.f 1873 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Harpophyllae Withner 1990 Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Sickle-leaf Laelia

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm]

A medium sized, Brazilian epiphyte at elevations of 500 to 900 meters in shady humid habitats and has a clustered, very thin, terete pseudobulb carrying a solitary, sickle or sword shaped leaf and an erect, terminal, 6" [15 cm] long, several flowered, clustered at the top, racemose inflorescence subtended by a small sheath that is shorter than the leaves occuring in the fall in Brazil and late winter and spring in northern climes and growing cool but not cold, little to no dormancy and less light and more water than other rupicolous Laelia.

This species is easily separated by it's epiphytic habit, it's elongate, slender stems and it's short inflorescence that hardly equals the leaf in length as well as bloomning in the late winter and spring.

Synonyms Bletia harpophylla [Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1888; Cattleya brevicaulis (H.G.Jones) Van den Berg 2008; Cattleya harpophylla (Rchb.f.) Van den Berg 2008; Dungsia brevicaulis (H.G.Jones) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Dungsia harpophylla (Rchb.f.) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Hoffmannseggella brevicaulis H.G.Jones 1972; Hoffmannseggella harpophylla [Rchb.f] Jones 1970; Laelia brevicaulis (H.G.Jones) Withner 1990; Laelia cowanii Rolfe 1900; Laelia geraensis Barb. Rodr. 1876; Laelia harpophylla var. xanthina Pabst 1978; Laelia harpophylla f. xanthina (Pabst) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Sophronitis brevicaulis (H.G.Jones) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2000; Sophronitis harpophylla (Rchb. f.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchid Digest No 38 No 2 1974 as L cowanii photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band I Pabst & Dungs 1975 as L cinnabarrina var cowanii drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 photo as L cowanii photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 5 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo as L brevicaulis; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 7 1985 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis brevicaulis; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis harpophylla; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001 as L brevicaulis; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo as Dungsia harpophylla; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Dungsia harpophylla drawing/photo fide