Laelia milleri Blumen. 1960

SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Parviflorae Lindley

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo by Patricia Harding.

LATE and EARLY

Common Name Miller's Laelia [Brazilian Biologist 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil on iron ore outcroppings or on the base of Vellozia shrubs at elevations of 800 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing "rupicolous" lithophyte with clustered, flask shaped pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, ovate-oblong, acute, rigid, erect, dark green tinged with purple, keeled below leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a erect, 12 to 18" [30 to 50 cm] long, several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence with successively opening flowers, held well above the leaves.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 2 1964 photo; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 3 1981 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 1 1984 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 1 1991 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 photo; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis milleri; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 5 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 4 2008 photo as Sophronitis milleri; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo as Sophronitis milleri; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Cattleya milleri

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