Laelia pumila ‘Black Diamond’.
A dwarf epiphyte photographed in its 6cm. pot. Original importations to the U.K. were from Brazil. Established by W. Hooker in 1839 as Catleya pumila hen transferred to Laeia pumila by H.G. Reichenbach in 1853.
Rarely more than 15cm.-(6”) tall, Psbs. 2-3cm.(1”) long and 1cm.-(.3”) diam.; unifoliate with 10-12cm.
Leaf – 2.5cm.(1”) broad,
thickish and leathery. Inflorescence
usually one flower, rarely two some 9cm.-(3.5”) long from a membranous
sheath. Petals –
sepals rich, deep rose purple; the lip is similar but a little lighter
on the outside and very much darker on the inside.
The column is usually white.
The variety ‘Black Diamond’ shown above has become very
popular in the U.K. on account of its extremely dark, rich colours on
the inside of the lip.