Laelia autumnalis (Lex.) Lindl.

Autumnal Laelia, Autumn Flowering Laelia

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Laelia

Category: Houseplant


Two to three leaves per pseudobulb. Blooms in autumn and winter, fragrant, waxy, long-lasting, to 4" diameter.

From Bot. Mag.: Similar as the general appearance of this beautiful plant is to Laelia anceps (Botanical Register, tab. 1751) : it is nevertheless abundantly distinct, in its pseudo-bulbs, scapes, and flowers, as well as in its agreeable perfume.

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Published in Gen. Sp. Orchid. 115 in 1831.

Basionym Bletia autumnalis Lex.

Native to Mexico.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 67: 3817 in 1841, Edwards's Bot. Reg. 25: 27 in 1839 and Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #5 in 1897.

Synonyms Laelia alba autumnalis Rchb.f., Laelia autumnalis var. alba (Rchb.f.) B.S.Williams, pictured in Orchid Album 10: 451 in 1893 and Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #5a in 1897, and Laelia autumnalis var. atrorubens Backh. pictured in Dict. Icon. Orchid. Laelia #5b in 1898 and in Orchid Album 2: 49 in 1883.


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