Laelia grandis Lindl. & Paxton 1850-1 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name Grand Laelia

Flower Size 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm]

Found in Brazil as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte, with a solitary leaf, on tall trees in full sun from lower elevations around the bay of Bahia with clavate-fusiform, compressed, narrowing towards the base pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, oblong-lanceolate, rigid, obtuse leaf that blooms in the spring and summer in cultivation and fall in the wild on an erect, 12 to 15" [30 to 37.5 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered raceme with a few fragrant or not, short-lived flowers arising through a compressed spathe.

Synonyms Bletia grandis Rchb.f 1861; Brasilaelia grandis (Lindl. & Paxton) Gutfreund 2006; Cattleya grandis (Lindl.) A.A.Chadwick 2006; Chironiella grandis (Lindl.) Braem 2006; Hadrolaelia grandis ( Lindl. & Paxton ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia grandis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966 photo as L grandis var platysepala; Die Orchideen #10 37-40a tafel 10 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis grandis; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 3 2008; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Hadrolaelia grandis drawing/photo fide

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