~Laelia mantiqueirae Pabst 1974 - See Laelia caulescens Lindl.1841SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Rupestres Withner 1990 Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto.


Common Name The Mantiqueira Laelia [Brazilian Mountain Range]

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

Found in Minas Gerias as a cool growing Brazilian miniature species and is a "rupicolous" lithophyte found at elevations around 1000 to 1800 meters and blooms on a short to tall, several [7+] flowered inflorescence in the fall and winter until spring in northern cultivation.

Best grown in baskets of chopped treefern in warm to cool temperatures, good air circulation and bright light, as well as a dry rest in the winter

Found to be the same species as L caulescens in recent years and it has precidence as it was described first.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 5 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 6 1983 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 6 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide;