Native to Costa Rica
Edited 16 April 2007
© Nina Rach
Plant collected near the TV Towers in the Monteverde Reserve at 1750 m elev. "Epiphytic. Rare, only one seen. Flowers sulfur yellow; lip smokey-lavender bordered with yellow; the six lateral keels darker; the five central undulate and white. Aroma similar to that of baby powder."
Photo at left courtesy of Andres Maduro, and Bill Goldner at Woodstream Orchids.
This species has also been called Sobralia undatocarinata aurea, and was sold under the name Sobralia bella by
Woodstream Orchids, Maryland. Bill Goldner writes: "Outstanding! One of the best of the Sobralias. Very rare in cultivation. Tall species with showy light yellow flowers with purple painted lips, which last for up to 9 days!! Grow cool-intermediate, with moderately bright-bright light, evenly moist."
Robert L. Dressler 1993. Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 374p. [p.322].
Robert L. Dressler 1995. "New orchid species from Costa Rica," in: Novon: a Journal for Botanical Nomenclature 5(2): 142, fig., St. Louis, MO. [Two new sobralia species, with line-drawings: S. dissimilis, S. doremiliae; new spelling: S. carazoi - was S. corazoi]
International Plant Names Index [IPNI],
William A. Haber (2001)
"Plants of Monteverde: Orchidaceae"
Monteverde Natural History
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS) Collection Catalog,
FLAS 179092 -- Isotype collected in the Monteverde Reserve, Puntarenas, Costa Rica by J.T. Atwood, 89-243. Two images available online:
herbarium sheet and
Marie Selby Gardens, SEL herbarium, set of high-resolution photos of herbarium isotype sheets: full image 1; full image 2; full image 3
Entry in the
Flora Mesoamericana database at Missouri Botanical Garden
The Cutting Edge, Vol. II, No. 3, July 1995 "Germane Literature"