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This is a discussion on Laelia purpurata within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; fma. carnea 'Hihimanu' x fma. semi-alba 'Carmencita' First described in 1852 and hailing from Brazil, ...
fma. carnea 'Hihimanu' x fma. semi-alba 'Carmencita'
First described in 1852 and hailing from Brazil, the spectacular Laelia purpurata hardly needs an introduction. It is so cherished in its native country that it serves as the national flower, and has entire orchid societies dedicated to its cultivation. Moreover, during the flowering season, one can even attend orchid shows that solely feature the many color forms of this fine species. Indeed, over a hundred forms have been described on the basis of flower color and patterning. Some of the most famous forms include carnea (salmon lip), werckhauseri (slate blue lip), and sanguinea (magenta petals and sepals).
Laelia purpurata is an easy grower under standard cattleya conditions. After blooming in early summer, the plants will rest briefly before pushing up new growth in late summer or early autumn. It should receive plenty of light and water during this time, up until the growths mature in late winter. After a short rest, buds will start to appear, ultimately culminating in heads of large (5-7"), fragrant flowers on strong inflorescences. Laelia purpurata is a very large plant when well-grown, with leaves on mature plants exceeding 20" in length.
I agree it is a easy grower, even indoors on a windowsill. I have a noid that might be this species or one of its hybrids. It blooms every year reliably. Mine doesn't give as nice of a display though
Very nice, Jason - that appears to be the cover plant! Mine has just opened and I need to find some free space and a free moment to photo it. It's Laelia season!
purps are wonderful...yours is a nice one Jason!!!
BRAVO! Simply stunning, but everyone already knows I think that! LOL! This photo is beautiful, but I will aways be partial to the cover photo on our book.
It's just gorgeous Jason. I have two that I have not been able to grow successfully yet.