Laelia gouldiana

Laelia gouldiana 

Laelia gouldiana                                                                                                                                                              photo C. Solimbergo
(natural hybrid  L. anceps  x  L. autumnalis ?)
taxonomy described by Reichenbach, Heinrich Gustav
  published in  The Gardners' Chronicle  ser. 3  3 : 41    1888
  family Orchidaceae
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Epidendreae
  subtribe Laeliinae
  genus Laelia  Lindley 1831
  metabolism CAM pathway, stomata of the leaves are open at night.   
    (K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013)
    it is useful give the soluble mineal nutriens, on the roots.
native of origins it may be extinct in the wild, was present in the mountains of Mexico (Hidalgo, Morelos, Cuernavaca),
    on rocks or bushes
  altitude 1576 m  (5200  ft)

climate informations from Cuernacaca (Morelos, Mexico)


Köppen climate classification : Aw, tropical savanna climate  (with a long dry season and a rainy season)


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 2000 m / 6600 ft) :

    Laelia gouldiana a gr uk

in Cuernavaca this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 13 h 14 m', to 10 h 46 m'

  life form epiphyte or litophyte  
  brightness     partial shade
inflorescence     length 70 - 84 cm  (28" - 33.6"), apical  
  nr flowers 5 - 7
  size single flower  9 L 8 cm (3.6" L 3.2") - inflorescence  30 L 20 cm  (12" L 8")
  duration inflorescence ≈ 50 days
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 100 - 110 days           
CITES appendix II

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