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Orchid Species: Bletia crispilabia

Kew currently accepted name is Cattleya caulescens

Bletia crispilabia is an orchid species identified by (A.Rich. ex R.Warner) Rchb.f. in 1863. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Cattleya caulescens.
Bletia (Bletia.)
(A.Rich. ex R.Warner) Rchb.f.
ORIGIN: Found in Minas Gerais, Brazil at elevations of 600 to 1200 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing rupicolous lithophyte found on exposed rocks and sand among dwarf vellozia bushes on open hillsides with short pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, leathery, concave leaf and blooms on a 6 to 14 long, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with the well spaced flowers held towards the apex and arise from May through September in the southern hemisphere.

FLOWER SIZE: 1 1/2 inches [3.75 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Cattleya C caulescens 2008 (Lindl.) Van den Berg
Add+ Hoffmannseggella Hof crispilabia 1972 (A.Rich. ex R.Warner) H.G.Jones
Add+ Laelia L crispilabia 1865 A.Rich. ex R.Warner
Add+ Laelia L mantiqueirae 1995 Pabst ex Zappi
Add+ Hoffmannseggella Hof caulescens 1970 (Lindl.) H.G.Jones
Add+ Laelia L caulescens 1841 Lindl.
Add+ Sophronitis S caulescens 2000 (Lindl.) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase
Add+ Bletia Bletia caulescens 1862 (Lindl.) Rchb.f. in W.G.Walpers
Most awarded/recent cultivars: C. caulescens 'Dalles' (2 awards in 2012) C. caulescens 'Steffi' (2017) L. crispilabia 'KG's Diamond Dust' (2001) L. mantiqueirae 'Kokie' (1992)
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