Help identifying Laelia Orchid
My attention was recently drawn to Orchids and I began doing a little research on them. I had thought they were difficult to grow but when I learned that some could actually be grown quite successfully in the home I got excited. Learning about and growing new flowers is one of the great pleasures of my life so I immediately began learning more. But the information out there is so vast that unless you know something about what you are looking for it can be difficult to find the information you need. So I went to e-bay to get a little feel for what was out there in the way of orchids and which varieties would draw my attention. While I was looking around I came upon this Laelia purpurata. It was, and still is, the most beautiful orchid I have come across, and it's growing requirements seem to make it a good choice for my situation. But when I did a little research using the names the seller gave for this orchid I found that his picture did not match his description or the variety he said it was. I was very disappointed, so I came here hoping that maybe someone would know just what variety it is and where I might be able to find one. Or maybe one of you have one that you would be willing to trade. ( :
I know I shouldn't get an orchid just because I fall in love with a picture of it, so maybe someone can give me a little further help in narrowing this vast field of orchid varieties to what I really need and can grow. I am looking to grow orchids on a south facing windowsill or on an area near the window, so something with a flowering stem of probably no more than about 1 foot would be best. More than one bloom time per year would be wonderful and a bloom in late winter/early spring would be nice. However, I am most particular about the look of the bloom and will sacrifice other details to get just what I want. I haven't got much room and will probably only be able to grow maybe three orchids so I want to get something that I really, really like. I am particularly drawn to the look of the Laelia purpurata family with it's dark throat and light petals, and the shape of the blossom, but any variety with similar looks would be fine. So basicly, what varieties should I research to find an orchid that looks like this and thats bloom stems are about a foot tall (making the whole plant about 1 1/2 feet)? Thank you so much to anyone who can give a few minutes to setting me on the right path to finding my dream orchid!