Laelia hispidula Pabst & A.F.Mello 1978 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Rupestres Withner 1990 Photo by Frank Siebach and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Hispid Laelia [refers to the hairy throat]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found on Serra da Tammamboia in Minas Gerais state of Brazil at elevations around 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing rupicolous orchid with robust, cylindrical, tapering pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, to 8.6" [to 21.5 cm] long, 8 to 9 flowered inflorescence.

Some references cite this species as a natural hybrid but as of yet it has not been confirmed.

Synonyms Cattleya hispidula (Pabst & A.F.Mello) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella hispidula (Pabst & A.F.Mello) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; Sophronitis hispidula (Pabst & A.F.Mello) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 48 no 1 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 ;