Laelia pfisteri Pabst & Senghas 1975 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Rupestres Withner 1990

Side View Photo by Lambert and The Orchid Talk Forums

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Mauro Rosim.

Full Sun CoolSpring

Common Name Pfister's Laelia [German Orchid Nurseryman 1900's]

Flower Size 7/8" [2.2 cm]

Found in Bahia Brazil at elevations around 1300 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing rupicolus orchid that grows in an area with cactus that has a dry spell between December and July and is rare there in nature as well as cultivation with pear-shaped pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic, somewhat conduplicate, leathery leaf and blooms on a successively single [up to 8] flowered, 12" [30 cm] long inflorescence with several triangular sheaths occuring in the spring.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 5 1983 photo ok; 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 pfisteri