Produces large white flowers with a very unusual pinkish-red lip. A selfing of this really beautiful and rare variety of purpurata.
ORIGIN/HABITAT: Brazil. Plants were originally found on the narrow, swampy, coastal plain, but the habitat is now known to extend from just east of Santos southward through the states of São Paulo, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul to the region south of Porto Alegre. Within this coastal zone, plants are uncommon in the swamp forest, but they are more plentiful in the heavy forest along small creeks, usually below 600 ft. (180 m). The habitat extends some 750 miles (470 km), but it is seldom more than a few miles wide. Laelia purpurata was originally common throughout much of this range. Early visitors to the region reported that plants were so plentiful that they even grew in the sand along the beach. Because of excessive collecting and habitat destruction, however, plants in the wild are now found only in very tall trees in remote, hard-to-reach areas. Miranda (1990) reports that in Rio Grande do Sul plants grow on large old trees a bit inland from the sea, in Santa Catarina they are found on scrubby vegetation growing on rocky hills directly facing the sea, and in São Paulo they grow in swampy areas. — Source: Charles Baker