!Neolauchea pulchella Kraenzl. 1897 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Closeup of Flower

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Marius Wasbauer

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Common Name The Beautiful Neolauchea

Flower Size 1/4" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in southern Brazil at moderate elevations in cool damp mountains as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping, branched rhizome with narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly linear, subterete leaf that blooms in the late fall on a terminal, 2" [5 cm] long, thread-like, erect to arching, single flowered inflorescence that is held amid the leaves and is best mounted on cork or tree fern and given moderate shade.

Synonyms Isabelia pulchella (Kraenzl.) Senghas & Teusch. 1968; Isabelia pulchella f. alba Nunes ex C.Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2001; Isabelia pulchella var. alba Nunes 1991; Meiracyllium wetsteinii Porsch. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 11 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #8 29-32 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Isabelia pulchella; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Isabelia pulchella f alba; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Isabelia pulchella photo fide;

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