Laelia lobata (Lindl.) H.J. Veitch 1887 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

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Common Name Lobed Laelia

Flower Size to 5" [to 12.5 cm]

A Brazilian, medium sized, lithophytic species, with a solitary leaf, found on rocks high up and exposed to full sun, wind and spray from the ocean on the coast near Rio south to Sao Paulo with conical or fusiform pseudobulbs carrying a single, lanceolate, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the spring on a 16" [40 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from a compressed basal spathe with 2 to 5 flowers with a pleasing smell. This species does best when allowed to grow out of it's pot, often being the signal to bloom.

Synonyms Bletia boothiana [Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1862; Bletia lobata [Lindley] Rchb.f 1861; Brasilaelia lobata (Lindl.) Gutfreund 2006; *Cattleya lobata Lindl. 1848; Hadrolaelia lobata ( Lindl. ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Laelia boothiana Rchb. f. 1853; Laelia grandis var purpurea Rchb.f 1854; Laelia riveri Carr. 1874; Laelia virens Hort. [non-Lindley] 1858; Sophronitis lobata (Lindl.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as L boothiana drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia boothiana; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis lobata; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008

Laelia lobata var alba(Lindl.) H.J. Veitch 1887SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 3 2001 photo; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide;

Another Clone - Laelia lobata var. concolor 'Jeni' AM/AOS

Flower Closeup - Laelia lobata var. concolor 'Jeni' AM/AOS Photos courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptiste.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 1 1999 photo;

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