Laelia tereticaulis Hoehne 1958 SUBGENUS Parviflorae SECTION Rupestres Withner 1990 Photos by Lourens Grobler

Part sunCoolSpring

Common Name The Twisted-Stem Laelia

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil as a medium sized, cool growing lithophyte with tall erect, glaucous, grayish green pseudobulbs and glaucous, white powdered, grayish green leaves that blooms in the spring on a 16.8" [42 cm] long, 7 to 9 flowered inflorescence.

Often cited as a synonym of L crispata but this one differs in the reflexed posture of the 7 to 9 flowers, evenly spread along the inflorescence appearing in the spring versus L crispata which has 3 to 5 flowers crowded towards the apex, rounder in appearance and arising in the winter.

Synonyms Cattleya teretecaulis (Hoehne) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella tereticaulis (Hoehne) H.G. Jones 1974; Sophronitis tereticaulis (Hoehne) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 11 1958; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; 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