Laelia sincorana Schlechter 1917 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Sincoranae Withner 1990 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part shadeCool WinterSpring

Common Name The Sincora Laelia [A Mountain Range In Brazil]

Flower Size 2 3/4" [7 to 10 cm]

Found in Brazil in dry, barren, sandstone areas with daily dews on rocky ledges and on the trunks of velloizia bushes at elevations around 1100 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing lithophytic or epiphytic species with a subglobose, slightly laterally compressed pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, ovate or elliptic, stiff, fleshy leaf with a rounded or somewhat emarginate apex that blooms in the winter in Brazil and spring in cultivation in the northern hemisphere, on a short to 2.4" [6 cm] inflorescence carrying 1 to 4 flowers arising with a new growth.

This species needs a very dry rest in the winter in cultivation and does best on a cork mount in a bright airy location with cool temperatures.

Synonyms Cattleya grosvenori Ruschi 1969; Cattleya sincorana (Schltr.) Van den Berg 2008; Hadrolaelia sincorana ( Schltr. ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Sophronitis sincorana (Schltr.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 2 1973 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 5 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 4 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 4 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 2 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 2 1999 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis sincorana; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 photo; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Sophronitis sincorana photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Cattleya sincorana photos fide

Laelia sincorana Schlechter 1917 var alba SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Sincoranae Withner 1990 Photo courtesy of Wilma Braga.

An albino version of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;