Laelia-halbingeriana-Leucadia----Award-Challenge-2021-11-23***Determined to be Laelia x oaxacana (L. anceps  x halbingeriana) (Mar 2022) as described by Salazar & Jimenez in 2014, not Laelia halbingeriana; the lip and callus does not match that of L. halbingeriana; L. x oaxacana is described in the meticulous, detailed Pdf file enclosed in this challenge.*** 

Judging Center: Pacific South

Award Number: 20186042

Award Date: October 18, 2018

Awarded As: Laelia halbingeriana 'Leucadia' - Award Challenge

Please see the award challenge attached for my analysis of the identification, the history of the plant, and relevant authorities. The exhibitors and I believe that this plant is Laelia × oaxacana, and not Laelia halbingeriana, as awarded. If our conclusion is confirmed by SITF, we would then ask the original judging team to reconsider the award under this name.

The SITF was performed on a division of the awarded plant. Both the exhibitors and I feel that this blooming is unfortunately very weak, possibly the result of an untimely repotting, so the flower measurements are generally smaller when compared to the original award.

Photo #4 is mislabelled. Please use photo #17.

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: Pseudobulb 14.4 + leaf 24.4 = 38.5; Pseudobulb + Inflorescence 44.2 = 58.6

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: one or two

Plant > Leaf Length: 24.1

Plant > Leaf Width: 7.6

Plant > Leaf Margin: entire

Plant > Leaf Shape: oblong-lanceolate

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 14.4

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 2.6 - 3.4

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: 1.5 - 3.1

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: green

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 44.2 to dorsal sepal apex of terminal flower

Inflorescence > Arrangement: distichous

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 27.3

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: .9 - 1.4

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 4.8 - 5.0

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 4.8 - 5.0

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: To 5.3

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: .4

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: pedicel 5.3, ovary indistinguishable

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: .3

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: tubular, twisting

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: glossy

Flower Natural Spread Length: 11.4

Flower Natural Spread Width: 11.3

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 6.4

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 1.8

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 5.8

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 1.7

Flower > Petals Length: 6.1

Flower > Petals Width: 2.1

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 4.3

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: side lobes 3.6, midlobe 1.8

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): Trilobed, 3 keels, midlobes almost closed over column

Flower > Column Length: 2.0

Flower > Column Width: .7

Flower > Column Color: green, veins speckled magenta

Flower > Anther Cap Color: cream


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