Sobralia boliviensis

Schlechter 1913

Native to Bolivia and Peru

Edited 17 August 2009
© Nina Rach

Sobralia boliviensis photo needed

Originally published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12: 491. 1913.

This high-altitude species has open, starry flowers, growing in clusters at or near the top of tall canes (terminal or near-terminal inflorescences. Flowers are concolor bright lavender with crystalline texture. The lip is relatively small and slightly fimbriate, with 4-5 golden yellow keels.

Botanical specimens, collected by T. Herzog on 30 June 1911 in Bolivia, "Im Buschwald der Waldgrenze bei Tocorani. 2900 m." Type sheets at NHN and S Herbaria:
* Leiden Herbarium (properly: Nationaal Herbarium Nederland-Leiden Branch), specimen 223258.
* Phanerogamic Botanical Collections-S, specimen S-R-5807.


Printed References:

Rudolph Schlecter 1913. Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. vol. 12, p. 491.

Online References:

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

International Plant Names Index [IPNI],

Global Biodiversity Information Facility: GBIF species 15715358

Photos by Eric Hunt, San Francisco, on Flickr: plant in situ and flower closeup - photographed in Department of Cusco, southern Peru, April 2006.

Eric's photos can also be found on his website:

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