Laelia angereri

Common Name: Angerer's Laelia

Habitat: Brazil. Laelia angereri is found in the Diamantina region in the northeast portion of the state of Minas Gerais. Rupicolous. Laelia angereri is found growing under shrubs and among grasses between 1000 meters and 1300 meters in elevation. Summers are hot; winters are cool and dry.

Plant Size: Medium (tall for a rupicolous laelia). The pseudobulbs of Laelia angereri grow 34-35 cm tall and are topped with 12 inch (30 cm) long erect, dark green leaf. When given proper light, the foliage has a reddish cast.

Flower Size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Flower Description: The flowers of Laelia angereri are brick-red to orange in color. The flowers talk grows 12 inches (30 cm) and has between 5 and 15 flowers grouped near the top. The petals and sepals are of medium width. Petals are blunt and sepals are pointed and sometimes have a whitish area at the base. Petals and sepal reflex like Laelia cinnabarina.

Bloom Season: Spring

Growing Temperature: Intermediate to Cool.

Additional Information: Laelia angereri was first described to science in 1971. This is a curious species that is not often seen in collections. Use inert growing media (Aliflor or Solite) mixed with shredded tree fern fiber for best results. Clay pots may be a better choice than plastic pots. Let dry between watering and mist the foliage for humidity. Needs high levels of light.

Synonyms: Hoffmannseggella angereri, Sophronitis angereri


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