Laelia x cristinae Miranda & Lacerda 2003

Plant and Flowers in situ West of Presidente Kubichek, east of Datas, Minas Gerais, Brazil elevation 1250 meters

Plant and Habitat

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Christina's Laelia [Wife of Franscisco Miranda and discover of Species - current]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A naturally ocurring primary hybrid of Laelia briegeri and Laelia rupestris. I found this plant growing on the road in between Presidente Kubichek and Datas at an elevation of 1250 meters growing in sand, rocks and some dirt on cap rock with other plants in open range with exposed rock outcroppings. This is a newly named plant as of February 2003. Sorry but this was the only plant we found and it was a day away from being done with flowering. Marcos Campacci and myself thought at the time of encountering the plant that it may be an unnamed Laelia hybrid but as stated before it had just been published.

Found as a rupicolus Laelia growing directly on rocks with sand and rocks as a mix in Minas Gerais, Brazil at elevations around 1250 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte with cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, stiff, coriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, acute leaf and blooms in the summer and fall in Brazil on a terminal, erect, 24" [60 cm] long, few [6] flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Cattleya cristinae (F.E.L.Miranda & K.G.Lacerda) Van den Berg 2010; Cattleya zaslawskiana (Chiron & V.P.Castro) Van den Berg 2010; Hoffmannseggela x cristinae Miranda & Lacerda 2003; Hoffmannseggella zaslawskiana Chiron & V.P.Castro 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 as Hoffmannseggella x Christanae photo ok;