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Laelia esalqueana 'Friendship' -spontaneous
Number: TN2754
Name: Laelia esalqueana 'Friendship' -spontaneous
Type: spontaneous    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Marianna Max  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: My plant is mounted on a lichen covered stick and seems quite happy there although in the wild it grows in cracks and crevices of rock outcroppings in Brazil (Minas Gerais).
Although listed as an intermediate grower, it can withstand cooler night temperatures.
Parent plant: Temperature range I (60-83°F).
Comments: The specific epithet, esalqueana, is very unusual because it is derived from an acronym of the name of an agricultural school, Escola Superior de Agricultura Luis de Queiroz, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.
A diminutive species with infloresences scarcely longer than the leaves which is one of the distinguishing features separating it from L. itambana, which has longer inflorescenses.
Though this pollination is spontaneous, it is most likely a self pollination.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 77°F, nights 62°F; best fit is Cool-Intermediate 75-58°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 71°F, nights 53°F; best fit is Cool 70-52°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of esalqueana   From Latin "esalqueanus" abbreviation for EScola Agricola de Luis Querios (agricultural college in the Brazilian state Sao Paulo) plus latin ending. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Laelia   One of the vestal virgins, Laelia. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of Laelia   LAY-lee-ah (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
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Availability: Capsule failed. We were not able to make any flasks.
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Brazil. This species is found in Minas Gerais southwest of Diamantina near Gouvêa at about 3950 ft. (1200 m). Plants grow on rocks with the roots growing down into cracks and fissures where they are protected from desiccation by moisture-retaining mosses, lichens, and plant debris.
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