Habitat: Brazil. Laelia sincorana is found in the state of Bahia where it grows on the trunks of Vellozia shrubs in rather exposed conditions. Most of the moisture comes from fog and condensation since rainfall is infrequent. It grows at 4000 feet (1100-1500 m) of elevation in the Serra da Sincora.
Plant Size: Dwarf. Laelia sincorana has short, laterally compressed pseudobulbs that have one stiff, leathery ovate leaf. Foliage color is dark green.
Flower Size: 4 inches (10 cm). Small to Medium.
Flower Description: The flowers of Laelia sincorana are attractive, well-formed and brightly colored. Rose-pink to purple is the typical color with darker veins. The lip is dark purple with a lighter throat with purple veins and markings. The 6 cm inflorescence produces between 1 and 4 flowers on the new growth. There are blue and alba forms available.
Bloom Season: Spring
Growing Temperature: Cool to Warm
Additional Information: Laelia sincorana is adaptable and easy to grow if its needs are met. It prefers intermediate temperature conditions like the majority of Cattleyas and hybrids. Grow in an inorganic medium that drains well (i.e. lava rock or Aliflor). Mounts or rafts are also suitable. The roots need to dry fairly quickly after watering to prevent root rot. Provide a very dry winter rest.
This species was originally discovered in 1908 by Ernst Ule but lost to science until it was rediscovered in the mid 20th century.
Synonyms: Cattleya grosvenori; Hadrolaelia sincorana; Sophronitis sincorana