Sobralia carazoi (corazoi)

Lankester & Ames 1924

Native to Costa Rica and Ecuador

Edited 13 April 2007
© Nina Rach

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Sobralia corazoi Lankester & Ames 1924

Dressler (1993) describes this species as having yellowish-white flowers with sepals 2-2.2 cm long; the lip has "2 low median ridges and warty basal callus." The plants grow to 40 cm tall in mountainous areas of Costa Rica and South America (800-2,500 meters).

In 1995, Dressler noted that the original spelling was meant to be "carazoi."


1924: 1,200 m, Peralta, Costa Rica, by Lankester 538 (vouchered at HT: AMES-27750). [FM db]

6 August 1990: 1,600 m elevation, from a steep road bank in Costa Rica along the new highway to Limon, just south of Estacion de Peaje, in the Cordillera Volcanica Central, by Crow, Garrett - 7487. [BIMS db & InBio]

6 August 1990: 1,600 m, Heredia, Costa Rica, by Garrett Crow & Dora Ingrid Rivera 7487 (vouchered at F, MO). [FM db]

27 June 1994: 1,080 m, Chiriqui, Panama, by Thomas B. Croat & Guanghua Zhu 76477. [FM db]

Printed References:

Robert L. Dressler 1995. "New orchid species from Costa Rica (Nuevas especies de orquídeas de Costa Rica)," in: Novon 5(2): 140-145.

The following five novelties are described: Encyclia ortizii Dressler, from the Reserva Forestal de San Ramón; Malaxis monsviridis Dressler, from Monteverde, and M. talamancana Dressler, from ca. 2000-3000 m in the Talamancas; and Sobralia dissimilis Dressler, from Monteverde, and S. doremiliae Dressler, known from several mid-elevation localities in Costa Rica and western Panama. The spelling of Sobralia carazoi (originally "corazoi") is clarified. Line-drawings are included for each new species.

Robert L. Dressler 1993. Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 374p. [p.320]

Charles Lankester & Oakes Ames 1924. in: Ames, Schedulae Orchidianae [Sched. Orchid.] No. 7, p. 34, Boston, MA.

Web Links:

A single collection record for this taxon is contained in the BIMS Database for Costa Rica [Biodiversity Information Management System].

Three collection records in the Flora Mesoamericana database at MOBOT

One collection record in the InBio database [Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad]

International Plant Names Index [IPNI],

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

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