This is the first flowering of plants we have raised from seed collected in Brazil in 2006. Ten years from seed to flowering is a while to wait but we have been able to other things during those ten years.
As Jacob reminds me, we think we may be the first to raise this species successfully from seed. We will be pollinating the plant to produce a fresh batch of seed this week.
In the wild we found the plant growing as an epiphyte on the shrub Vellosia which clings to bare granite slopes on the dryer slopes of the Organ Mountains.
The leaves of Pseudolaelia appear to mimic the rough leaves of Vellosia which presumably reduce the chance of grazing. We took the photo below of the plant flowering on ‘Tick Mountain’ in Brazil during the 2001 Writhlington expedition. Thanks to Dick Warren and all at the Rio Atlantic Forest Trust for taking us to this fantastic habitat.