Laelia purpurata 'Santa Ynez'
A large and shapely example of the Brazilian 'Queen of Summer', as this species, the national flower of Brazil, is affectionately known. The petals and sepals are blush-white with fine streaks of soft purple accenting the midline. The boldly colored lip is a deep and vibrant wine-purple, solid until the margins where the color splits into veins over the bright white edge. As with all Brazilian Laelias
, these large flowered plants are now classified as Cattleyas
. Temperature Tolerant. Summer blooming. Species from Brazil.
Orchid of the Day: July 1, 2014