Laelia kettieana Pabst 1976 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Liliputinae Withner 1990

Plant and Flower Photos by Stefan Paeffgen

Another Color Photo by Vena Read

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Common Name Kettie's Laelia [Wife of Danish Orchid Collector Waras 20th cen.]

Flower Size 1.23 cm]

Found in the state of Minas Gerais in mountains in rock fissures at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters with hot humid summers and cold, dry winters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing lithophyte with clustered, almost globose pseudobulbs carrying a single, erect, thick, leathery , rigid, often purple suffused, succulent, scoop shaped, narrowly oblong to narrowly ovate, acute leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, simultaneously 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis kettieana; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Cattleya kettiana photo

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