Sobralia bradeorum


Native to Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Edited 12 April 2007
text © Nina Rach

Sobralia bradeorum photo by Wlater Schug

Sobralia bradeorum Schlechter

Original publication: Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis, Beihefte 19: 80. 1923. {Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. ; BPH 772.21}

This species has been observed in Costa Rican forests ("bosque") from 900-1300m elevation, blooming in November, January, and February. The type specimen was collected in the San Jose area at 1130 m, blooming in October and November 1909.

Sobralia bradeorum was observed blooming in the Chontales Dept. of Nicaragua in January 1985, growing at 700-1000 m elevation on exposed rocks. Petals and sepals ("corolla") pale orchid-purple with a slightly darker lip. Flowers were only open for a few hours in the morning.


Photo at upper left provided by Walter Schug, San Josť, Costa Rica. The flower is from a very large, established plant with approximately 200 canes, often with 40 flowers open simultaneously. It's original location in Costa Rica is unknown, but it was transplanted into a garden about 30 years ago.

Printed References:

Robert L. Dressler (1993) Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 304 pp.

Rudolf Schlechter (1923) Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis, Beihefte 19: 80.

Web References:

International Plant Names Index (IPNI)

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

Sobralia bradeorum entry in the TROPICOS database, MOBOT.

Four different specimens of this taxon are described in the BIMS Database for Costa Rica.

William A. Haber (2001) "Plants of Monteverde: Orchidaceae" in: Monteverde Natural History

See 1998 photo by Olga Martha Monteil taken in Nicaragua, in TROPICOS database, Missouri Botanical Garden.

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