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Laelia flava

Laelia flava
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Copyright: Raimundo Mesquita (mesquens) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 168 W: 9 N: 287] (2073)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ7
Exposure: f/2.9, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids, Flower, Brazil flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-08 14:43
Viewed: 4629
Points: 3
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Laelia crispata (flava)
Laelia crispata is better known as L. flava. According to Garay, Laelia crispata should be the correct name for L. rupestris, but after examining the types of both Lindley's species and of Thunberg's Cymbidium crispatum, I have to disagree with his opinion. I am not going to extend myself much more here on these taxonomy issues, as I have already expressed my points on scientific papers. However, I am writing an article to appear in this site under the Taxonomy section that will explain the subject in detail. So, Laelia flava should be correctly named L. crispata, and L. rupestris stays as a good standing name. These days, such names are not very representative, as we have more than a dozen species with yellow flowers (most of them would fit the "flava" description - flavus, a, um in Latin) and most of the species in the section would be "rupestris"or "crispata"... but one has to remember that when Lindley described both species there was only one other species known in the group; this was Laelia cinnabarina, with orange flowers (Laelia caulescens was a mix-up by then, so it doesn't count...). That's it about this subject for now.
Laelia crispata usually grows protected by shrubs of various types or grasses, and thus plants can get fairly large, sometimes more than 10 inches tall. In these cases the plants are difficult to spot when not in flower. In less common situations, however, the plants are found exposed to almost full sunlight, and thus can be quite short for the species and produce less flowers. Laelia crispata is quite common on iron ore areas, but also can be found on nearby sandstone. On 1 we can see one of these less protected habitats, but in this case the individual plant is shaded by a small Vellozia shrub. On 2 there are flowers of one of the darker yellow forms.


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Hello Raimundo,

Very attractive flowers and an interesting note. Nicely composed, although I prefer a natural background, personally. This looks like a shot in a studio rather than a nature photo.


Ola Raimundo! Nice yellow flowers, very nice contrast and sharpness. Good exposure. Saude e Paz!

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