Sobralia bletiae

Reichenbach fils 1852

Native to Panama

Edited 12 April 2007
© Nina Rach

Sobralia bletiae

Sobralia bletiae Rchb.f.

Originally published in 1852 by Reichenbach in: Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) 10: 713.

Williams and Allen describe the species as such:
"Plants of unknown but probably large size. Leaves 10-17 cm. long and 3-4.5 cm. broad, elliptic to broadly laceolate, acute. Lip about 4 cm. long and about 2 cm. broad, cuneate or narrowly obovate in outline, 3-lobed; lateral lobes lanceolate-triangular, falcate; mid-lobe obovate-orbicular, emarginate, slightly exceeding the lateral lobes; disc with five crisped lamellae. ... very poor type specimen."

According to the W3 Tropicos database at the Missouri Botanical Garden, The type specimen is attributed to "Chiriqui", Warszewicz s.n. (not indicated). Chiriqui is a high-elevation province of western Panama, near the border with Costa Rica.

See Sobralia bouchei.


Printed References:

Robert L. Dressler 1980. "Checklist of the Orchids of Panama," in: Orchids of Panama, Missouri Botanical Garden.

Robert L. Dressler 1993. Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 374p. [no illus.]

Reichenbach f. (1852) in: Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) 10: 713.

Louis Otho Williams and Paul Hamilton Allen 8 March 1946. Orchidaceae, Flora of Panama Part III, Fascicle 2, pp. 107-246, in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 33:30. Missouri Botanical Garden. [no illus.]

Louis Otho Williams and Paul Hamilton Allen 1980. Orchids of Panama, Missouri Botanical Garden. [p. 136, no illus.]

Online References:

Correa, Mireya (date?) "Panama Monocotyledoneae," Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Discover Life website

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

International Plant Names Index [IPNI]

Panama Checklist, Missouri Botanical Garden - w3TROPICOS Nomenclatural Data Base, Sobralia bletiae

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