Laelia xanthina Lindley 1859 SUBGENUS Crispae SECTION Crispae Pfitzer Photo Lourens Grobler


Common Name Yellow Laelia

Flower Size 2 1/2 to 3 1/2" [6.25 to 8.75 cm]

A Brazilian, medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic plant, with a clavate, slightly ribbed pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, oblong-ligulate, obtuse or rounded, rigid, erect, blue green leaf, that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a racemose, to 9 1/2" [24 cm] long inflorescence subtended by a large pale green sheath with 2 to 6, fragrant or not, waxy, not opening fully flowers.

Synonyms Bletia flabellata Rchb.f 1861; Bletia xanthina Rchb.f 1862; Brasilaelia xanthina (Lindl.) Campacci 2006; Cattleya xanthina (Lindl.) Van den Berg 2008; Chironiella xanthina (Lindl.) Braem 2006; Laelia wetmorei Ruschi 1970; Sophronitis xanthina (Lindl.) C. Berg & M.W. Chase 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia flabellata; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia xanthina; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; 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; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 2 Withner 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000 as Sophronitis xanthina; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 3 2006 photo; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Hadrolaelia xanthina drawing/photo fide