Distribution: Costa Rica and Panama
Edited 17 April 2007
© Nina Rach
Named for the late Dora Emilia Mora de Retana, author of the Orchids of Costa Rica, Part 3 (Fascicles 15 & 16 of Icones Plantarum Tropicarum), published by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in 1992-93.
This species is known from several mid-elevation localities in Costa Rica and western Panama. It was collected in bloom on 10 July 1977 at 1200 m elevation, Cartago Province, Costa Rica, by R.L. Wilbur, F. Almeda, and T. Daniel. Holotype at Duke Herbarium.
Photo above left from Andres Maduro. Photo at right shows a plant in the research collection of Lankester Gardens, Costa Rica, taken March 2002 (Nina Rach). Grows cool-intermediate.
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]
Details of a collected specimen of this species are contained in the BIMS Database for Costa Rica [Biodiversity Information Management System].
International Plant Names Index [IPNI],