Laelia bahiensis

Habitat: Brazil. Laelia bahiensis grows in the Sierra da Sincora Mountains in the state of Bahia and Sierra do Calabocaria and Sierra do Capa-Bode.

Plant Size: Miniature. The pseudobulbs of Laelia bahiensis grow 4-7 cm tall and are bulbous towards the base. A single leaf grows 6.5-8 cm tall and is 1.5-2 cm wide. Laelia bahiensis may increase in size when grown in lower light conditions than in its native habitat. Young growths are sometimes bifoliate, but mature plants have only one leaf. Foliage color is dark green with a reddish coloration on the underside of the leaf.

Flower Size: 1.25-1.5 inches (3-4 cm)

Flower Description: The flower stalk of Laelia bahiensis is tall and grows from 30-70 cm tall and has 4 to 12 flowers clustered at the top of the spike. Flowers open sequentially. Flower color is a deep yellow with red veining visible in some flowers.

Bloom Season: April to May

Growing Temperature: Intermediate

Additional Information: Culture is like other rupicolous laelias. Grow Laelia bahiensis in inorganic media (Aliflor or Solite) in clay pots. Provide bright light. Let dry between watering. It is beneficial to let the plants have a cool, dry rest during the winter. This species is closely related to Laelia endsfeldzii but has smaller pale yellow flowers and varies in other minor floral details.

Synonyms: Hoffmannseggella bahiensis; Sophronitis bahiensis


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