Laelia Orchid Species

The orchid genus Laelia is closely related to the genus Cattleya and was once included in the same grouping. The number of pollenia (pollen sacks) is the primary reason for separating these families into these two categories. Laelias are found only in Mexico and parts of South America and have been cultivated in their home countries since prehistoric times. The flowers are generally more star-shaped than Cattleyas since they have narrowing petals and sepal. Bright, bold color is one thing that Laelias are well known for. In fact, many of the brighter Cattleya hybrids owe their brilliance to Laelia genetics.

Laelia Species List


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