Laelia itambana Pabst 1973 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Esalqueanae Withner 1990 Photo by Frank Siebach and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Photo courtesy of David Jubineau Copyright

Full sun Cool Cold LATEEARLY

Common Name The Pico de Itambana [A Mountain in Minas Gerais Brazil]

Flower Size 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais Brazil on sandstone outcrops amongst mosses and lichens as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing lithophyte at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters with narrowly cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying thick, leathery, rigid, succulent, often suffused with red beneath, ovate to ovate-elliptic, somewhat folded, fleshy, acute leaves and blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising through a sheath and carrying 2 erect, simultaneous flowers

Synonyms Cattleya itambana (Pabst) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella itambana (Pabst) V.P.Castro & Chiron 2002; Sophronitis itambana (Pabst) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 3 1974 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 1 1985 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo good; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 photoLindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis itambana; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Garritsen 2013 as Cattleya itambana photo fide

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