Sobralia biflora

Ruiz & Pavon 1798

Native to Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

Edited 9 April 2007
© Nina Rach

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Sobralia biflora Ruiz & Pavon

Originally published in Systema Vegetabilium Florae Peruvianae et Chilensis 1: 232 (1798).

This lovely species has pale pink to lilac flowers that have a somewhat closed form and are borne apically. The lip has a fluted margin and a darker throat. The plants grow terrestrially to about 1 meter tall. Sometimes confused with Sobralia violacea.

In Perú, this species is found in Huánuco and Junín.






Leslie A. Garay (Dec. 1978) Flora of Ecuador: Orchidaceae, in: Opera Botanica, Stockholm: NFR, 305p. [p.113-114; Fig. 39D]

Ruiz & Pavon (1798) Systema Vegetabilium Florae Peruvianae et Chilensis (Syst. Veg. Fl. Peruv. et Chil.) 1: 232.

Native Colombian Orchids, Volume 4: Porroglossum - Zygosepalum (1992).

Online links:

International Plant Names Index

Missouri Botanical Garden, Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador (CVPE) -- Accepted Taxa, from the W3 TROPICOS database at MOBOT.

Missouri Botanical Garden, Flora of the Jatun Sacha Biological Station -- Preliminary Checklist - specimen collected by Carlos E. Cerón & Miguel Cerón 4572.

Peru Orchids - photo by Erica Morón de Abad

Galería de Orquídeas Peruanas: Sobralia - many nice photos of native Peruvian sobralia species.

ING: Index Nominum Genericorum, URL: from the U.S. National Herbarium, Dept. of Systematic Biology - Botany, Smithsonian Institution

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