Laelia liliputana Pabst 1973 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Liliputinae Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

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Plant in situ - Alto do Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais, Brazil 1350 meters

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Common Name The Dwarf Laelia

Flower Size 4/5" to 1 1/4" [2 to 3 cm]

This miniature, cool to warm growing, lithophytic plant is found in Minas Gerais, Brazil growing under rock ledges, in small cracks and crevasses and under small vellozia bushes and has stiff, erect, tightly clustered, globose or oblong, purple tinged pseudobulbs carrying a single, purple tinged, stiff, ovate, fleshy leaf pseudobulbs that are 1/16" [15mm] tall and a leaf on top that is that tall again or less, and blooms on a 3/8" [1 cm] long sheathed inflorescence that does not arise through a sheath with a single flower held well above the plant occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Cattleya liliputana (Pabst) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella liliputana (Pabst) H.G. Jones 1974; Sophronitis liliputana (Pabst) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 6 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo ok; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis liliputana

Laelia liliputana Pabst 1973 var albescens SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Liliputinae Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto

This is a white variety that has not yet been described according to Mr Neto. One of the smallest of the Laeliinae, being less than 2 1/4" [less than 6 cm] tall when it is in full bloom! This epiphytic plant is found in Brazil and has stiff erect pseudobulbs that are 1/16" [15mm] tall and a leaf on top that is that tall again or less, and blooms on a 3/8" [1 cm] long sheathed inflorescence with a single flower held well above the plant.

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