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Laelia crispa is another of the large flowered species of section Cattleyodes, and the plants are virtually indistinguishable from ones of L. purpurata and L. lobata. The flowers are very distinct, though, with their heavily twisted and waved segments and a lip that usually doesn't open fully and looks quite triangular in front view. The flowers are also smaller (4" to 5") than those of the two mentioned other species, and are produced in larger numbers (up to 10 on an inflorescence). Flowers of Laelia crispa also have a very distinct and pleasant fragrance, one of the best in the orchid family.
Laelia crispa is very common throughout its distribution range, and actually occurs in large numbers in the Tijuca Mountains, inside Rio de Janeiro City. It is interesting to note that the species also occurs in the Pedra da Gávea, same habitat as Laelia lobata. But although Laelia lobata grows on the rock cliffs facing the ocean, L. crispa grows as an epiphyte on the cliffs facing land, so the two species never mix. The main occurrence for Laelia crispa is, however, in the Serra do Mar, which in Rio de Janeiro State is also called Serra dos Órgãos (Organ Mountains). There, Laelia crispa grows in astonishing numbers high on old trees on the cliff forest, in altitudes over 400 (1300 ft.) meters. The habitat is about the same in the Serra da Mantiqueira, and thus it is almost certain that the species goes a bit inside Minas Gerais and São Paulo States. In terms of color, flowers of Laelia crispa are usually white to very light purple on the segments, and there is some variation on the lip, which can go from dark purple to red wine color on the frontlobe, and white to dark yellow in the throat. So far, it seems that only one alba form has been found, and no coeruleas.
Distribution Map for Laelia crispa. The species is typical from Rio de Janeiro State, where it grown on all mountain ranges above some 400 meters elevation. It also extends a bit into the States of Minas Gerais and São Paulo, following the Serra da Mantiqueira.
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