Laelia grandis is a warm growing species that comes from the State of Bahia, Brazil. Sometimes it is confused with Laelia tenebrosa, but both are very distinct species. Laelia grandis has the same vegetative appearance of Laelia purpurata and can be as tall as it. The ocher coloring, the ruffled petals and sepals and the folded petals are characteristics of this species.
Mauro, You should take a photo of your greenhouse with all those spectacular blooms together. I bet it would be quite impressive. From all those pics you've displayed lately, I can only imagine a rainbow of colors when you walk into your greenhouse. And the fragrance must be incredible! Of course, it may take more than one photo and I wouldn't mind that a bit either.
Mauro (please take this in the spirit it is offered) please try a different background! Black is really nice, but doesn't do justice to some of your photos. I like the quality of your work... it is top notch. But I suggest you vary from black based on complimentary colors. Just a suggestion. Don't everyone boo me when Mauro is on the pedistle!
A matte black background is pretty much the standard for orchid photography these days. I'm a bit lazy to set it up that way and like the look of flowers in natural light against a blue sky. It is actually easier to focus and get a clear picture with a black background. I don't have any problem with it at all.........Back to the sandbox Ross!
Fantastic Mauro. My first impression is a frilly dancing lady, arms outstretched, saying "MUAH". Love it!
Kim, I like your imagination! For me it seems (the second photo) one of those huge albatrosses trying to land, the wind through the wings... well the petals LOL! The other day I saw on the Discovery one of them landing... that was a goofy landing...LOL
LOL!!! LOOOOOOL!! I'll never get used to this! I may be forced to, but it will be against all my convictions! I could easily call it Cattleya, which I really think it is. But, Sophronitis purpurata... no, I can't!