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Drawing by James Bateman: 1842.

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Author: John Lindley, 1831
Origin:  Central + Southern Mexico
Soil:  No, Epiphyte
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  3 Centimetres
Height:  40 (90) Centimetres
Flower:  Pink
Propagate:  Seeds/Pseudobulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Bletia autumnalis, La Llave & Lex. 1825.
Cattleya autumnalis
, Beer, 1854. 
Amalia autumnalis, Heynh.
Laelia autumnalis f. alba,
M.Wolff & O.Gruss.
Laelia autumnalis
var. alba, B.S.Williams.
Laelia autumnalis
var. atrorubens, Backh.f..
Laelia autumnalis f. atrorubens,
Laelia autumnalis
var. xanthotrophis, Rchb.f.
Laelia autumnalis f. xanthotrophis,
Halb. & Soto Arenas.
Laelia venusta,

This member of the Orchidaceae family was given this name by John Lindley in 1831. It is found in the heights (1600-2600m) of central and southern Mexico, growing as an epiphyte on branches or in moss on rocks with lots water and some sun. The pseudobulbs grow to three centimetres in diameter, the leaves reaches 40 centimetres and the inflorescence with the pink flowers can reach 90 centimetres.

The genera name for the Roman statesman Caius Laelius. The species name as it flowers in the autumn.

SubFamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae I
SubTribe: Laeliinae