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

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Common Name Lobed Laelia

Flower Size to 5" [to 12.5 cm]

Found in Brazil 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 as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing lithophytic species with conical to fusiform pseudobulbs carrying a single, lanceolate, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the spring on a 16" [40 cm] long, racemose, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising through a compressed basal spathe carrying flowers with a pleasing smell.

This species does best when allowed to grow out of it's pot, often being the signal that it will bloom soon.

Synonyms Bletia boothiana [Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1862; Bletia lobata [Lindley] Rchb.f 1861; Brasilaelia lobata (Lindl.) Gutfreund 2006; *Cattleya lobata Lindl. 1848; Chironiella lobata (Lindl.) Braem 2006; 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; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; 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 by 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 by Dalton Holland Baptiste.

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

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