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Laelia (Cattleya) bradei
This week we continue our look at rupicolous laelias growing in nature. As mentioned previously, all Brazilian laelias have recently been transferred into the genus Cattleya, but many still refer to these orchids by the older term.
Pictured here is Laelia bradei, a delightful miniature species with butter-yellow flowers. Unlike the habitats of other species, the area near Diamantina where these photographs were taken was relatively flat, but 500 or so meters above sea level. Plants seemed to prefer a spot that was sheltered by rocks or Vellozia plants. This species has scarcely been used for breeding but like other species in the section, it shows latent flaring on the petals and sepals suggesting that some colorful hybrids could result using L. bradei as a parent.
Included in the weekly update is a photo of Cattlianthe Mine Gold, a brilliant L. briegeri hybrid.