Native to Colombia
Edited 18 November 2008
© Nina Rach
Collected in June 2004 near border between Cundinamarca and Tolima, near Melgar, south of Bogota, at an altitude of 700 m [warm-growing]. The striking, solid magenta flowers are medium-sized and not fragrant.
At left, see photomicrograph of Sobralia andreae seed (taken by Lacey Powell for Meyers Conservatory), showing fertile embryos.
Top photo was made using transmitted light; second photo made using reflected light.
Seed harvested 25 Sept; photographed 29 Sept 2008.
"Seed is yellow to the naked eye, and free flowing. Moderately large seeds are long and thin, sometimes curved, and have moderately large sized elongated yellowish-green embryos centrally located which are 1/3 the length of the seed when present. [About] 48% appeared to have good embryos."
Robert L. Dressler 2006. "Sobralia andreae, una especie nueva y llamativa y de facil cultivo! Sobralia andreae, a new and attractive species, and easy to grow!," Orquideologia 24(2): 126 (125-132; 4 illus.) [dt. Dec 2005; issued in 2006; Revista de la Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia].
ING: Index Nominum Genericorum,
URL: http://ravenel.si.edu/botany/ing/ingForm.cfm from the U.S. National Herbarium, Dept. of Systematic Biology - Botany, Smithsonian Institution
International Plant Names Index [IPNI],
Kew Bibliographical Database,
Orquídeas del Valle, Ginebra, Colombia (1,000 m elevation); website: www.orquivalle.com
Satellite map, Melgar region, Colombia:
Melgar google satellite maps