Laelia caulescens

Habitat: Brazil. Laelia caulescens is found in the state of Minas Gerais near Belo Horizonte. It is extremely common in its native habitat where it grows on rocky ledges between 600-1200 meters in elevation. Laelia caulescens grows amongst open vegetation exposed to high light. The constant breeze helps keep the foliage cool and the roots are protected by lichens and some soil. Rupicolous.

Plant Size: Medium. Laelia caulescens grows from 8-20 cm tall. Pseudobulbs are larger at the base and grow 3-8 cm high. The recurved leathery leaf grows 6-12 cm long. The flower stalk is much taller than the leaves.
Flower Size: 1 1/2 inches (4-5 cm)

Flower Description: Flowers of Laelia caulescens are lavender, purple, violet or pink in color although white and one coerulea form exist. There are 3 to 6 flowers per spike.

Bloom Season: Fall, Winter

Growing Temperature: Intermediate

Additional Information: Laelia caulescens is one of the most common rupicolous laelias in the wild and adapts well to cultivation. Grow in an inorganic growing medium in clay pots. Grow like other rupicolous laelias.

Synonyms: Hoffmannseggella caulescens; Sophronitis caulescens


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