Sobralia infundibuligera

Garay and Dunsterville 1965

Native to Venezuela and Brazil

Edited 17 April 2007
© Nina Rach

Sobralia infundibuligera photo by Dr. N. Baumbach

Sobralia infundibuligera Garay & Dunsterville 1965

Originally published in Venezuelan Orchids III 290.

This terrestrial species is found in Venezuela and Brazil. In the Gran Sabana, it is found growing in open, grassy plains in association with Sobralia liliastrum. It has been found near Sarisarinama, as well as on top of Auyan tepui, blooming in February.

The stems are characterized by leaf-bearing sheaths that widen very noticeably in their upper part, giving them the flattened, funnel-like appearance that accounts for the origin of this species' name.

Photos ęDr. Norberto Baumbach, of plants blooming in Venezuela's Gran Sabana (Canaima National Park, Bolivar State) in August 2001.


Sobralia infundibuligera photo by Dr. N. Baumbach

This species was pictured on a Venezuelan stamp on orchid sheetlet III, issued in 1994.

Delfina de Araujo has written that this species is found in the Brazilian state of Roraima and may be in Amazonas.




Online references:

International Plant Names Index [IPNI],

Eric A. Christenson and J.K. Boggan (1996) "ORCHIDACEAE of the Guianas, in: Checklist of the Plants of the Guianas". Orchidaceae webpage: URL [cited for Guyana]

Flora of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region, Guyana Plant Species List in pdf format, in "Biological Diversity of the Guianas, Smithsonian"

Printed References:

Galfrid C.K. Dunsterville (28 Aug 1987) Venezuelan Orchids. Caracas: Graficas Armitano, C.A. 127p.; English edition 1000 copies. [text and color photos of Sob. cattleya, Sob. infundibuligera, Sob. ruckeri, Sob. violacea]

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1965) Venezuelan Orchids III p.290. [description and line-drawing]

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1979) Orchids of Venezuela: An Illustrated Field Guide, p.933 [excellent line drawing].

Ernesto Foldats (1969) "Orchidaceae," in: T. Lasser, Flora de Venezuela 15(1): 169-201. Caracas: Edicion Especial del Instituto Botanico. [Sob. candida, ciliata, dichotoma, fimbriata, fragrans, infundibuligera, liliastrum, macrophylla, paradisiaca, rosea, sessilis, speciosa, stenophylla, suaveolens, violacea, yauaperyensis]

Gustavo A. Romero and German Carnevali (15 July 2000) Orchids of Venezuela, A Field Guide. Caracas: Armitano Editores, 3 gray volumes in a purple slipcase. 70 extra drawings added to the 1050 previously published by Dunsterville and Garay in the original 1979 Field Guide, and taxonomic corrections.

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