This Brazilian native (in the states of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais) usually grows on trees in relatively open, humid forests along rivers and in swampy areas at 1950-4250 ft. (600-1300 m).
It has been extensively used in hybridizing, mainly because it is easy to grow and produces such colorful and large flowers relative to the size of the plant.
This Laelia (originally purchased from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ) has really taken off since I put it in a wooden basket with only a few pieces of cork bark. Already blooming again in barely 6 months, the best part is I will never have to repot it! This was taken after I had in the Santa Barbara Orchid Show, what a trooper, right?!?