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laelia

[lee-lee-uh] /ˈli li ə/
noun
1.
any of several epiphytic tropical American orchids of the genus Laelia, having fleshy leaves and showy flowers.
Origin of laelia
< New Latin (1763), perhaps after Caius Laelius, Roman statesman of the 2nd century b.c.; see -a2
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  • The compartment we enter first is devoted to laelia elegans mostly.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Mr. Rolfe has satisfied himself that the strain of laelia purpurata is always present.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • And there, a short distance to the north, lives laelia pumila, which might supply the rosy tinge.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The ordinary form of citrosmum also demands no comment, and I deal with the interesting laelia Jongheana elsewhere.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Robin Measures is assumed to be a natural hybrid of laelia xanthina × Catt.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • In front and on one side are banks of tufa planted with Masdevallias, Lycastes, laelia harpophylla, and so forth.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Countless are the species of Dendrobium, many those of laelia; but in each case no other shows this peculiarity.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Here and there in this house, as room can be made, stand many fine plants of laelia elegans.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Overhead is a long row of laelia Jongheana—some three hundred of them here and elsewhere.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle

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