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These are Cattleyas and hybrids and other genera commonly crossed with Cattleya.  They are found in the tropical parts of the Americas from Mexico to Brazil.





The shape of the B. nodosa is combined with the color pattern typical of the L.purpurata. (above and below)





This is alba (white) form of the C. labiata.





The plant shown above and below is a good example of frugality in orchid growing.  The previous owner misplaced the tag on the plant and, not wanting to own a plant not totally identified, offered it at auction.  I bought it for a couple of dollars.






Another plant with a lost tag which I picked up at auction for under $2,



C. Porcia is an iconic hybrid in many greenhouses.  It's a real challenge in a small greenhouse due to it's size.




L. anceps (above and below) is the most common of the Mexican Laelias.  They differ from Brazilian Laelias primarily in the long bloom stalks.




L. perrini is typical of a Brazilian Laelia.


This Laelia (above and below) was sold to me as a species it's not.  I've never figured exactly what it is.  Likely a hybrid.






Another lost tag plant.




A small attractive bloomer.



Bouri Albida (above and below) maintains the blooming spike configuration of the Laelia parent.





A very dependable bloomer of a small plant with large bloom.


A common 3 genera hybrid of Sophronitis, Laelia, and Cattleya.



This modest little Sophronitis is commonly crossed with larger plants to produce it's red colors in the larger plant.


Yellow Bird has the Brassovala shape and the color of the Laelia parent.


Otaara is an hybrid genera combining Brassavola, Laelia, Cattleya, and Broughtonia.