any of several epiphytic tropical American orchids of the genus Laelia, having fleshy leaves and showy flowers.

< Neo-Latin (1763), perhaps after Caius Laelius, Roman statesman of the 2nd century b.c.; see -a2 Unabridged
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Some species of laelia also contribute an intense violet shade.
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