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Laelia albida Albescent Laelia


Albescent Laelia , Laelia albida


Laelia albida Bateman ex Lindl. 1839 SUBGENUS Laelia SECTION Podolaelia Schlechter Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Common Name Albescent Laelia

Flower Size 2" to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] Fragrant

A western Mexican, medium sized, cold to warm growing miniature epiphtye or lithophyte found in oak or oak pine forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters, with clustered, conical-ovoid pseudobulbs that wrinkle with age partially enveloped basally by a few scarious, triangular sheaths, carrying 2 to 3, apical, linear-ensiform, coriaceous, somewhat fleshy, dark green, conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a apical, erect to arching, slender, 5 to 24" [12 to 60 cm] long, few to several [2 to 9] flowered raceme with closely apressed sheathing bracts all along, and arising on a mature pseudobulb with 3 to 10, scented flowers. This species requires a winter dormancy with cool nights and bright light.

Synonyms Amalia albida (Bateman ex Lindl.) Heynh. 1846; Bletia albida Rchb.f 1862; Cattleya albida Beer 1854; Laelia candida Lodd. ex W.Baxter 1850 l Laelia discolor A. Rich. & Gal. 1845