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Named for Laelia, one of the vestel virgins of ancient Rome, more than 20 species can be found in central American areas as well as Brazil. Many of the Mexican species like the Laelia anceps, grow in dry areas where the plants are subject to very cool temperatures and even frost, therefore they should be grown in cooler environments to facilitate best development. The Brazilian species can be found from sea level way up into the mountains, so their growing conditions vary from very warm to cool depending on the particular species.

Perfect for those who often forget to water their orchids as they enjoy life on the drier side than most other orchids as most species of this genus are thought of as being relatively drought-tolerant. 

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