Sobralia klotzscheana

Reichenbach f. 1849

Native to Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru

Edited 7 July 2007
© Nina Rach

Sobralia klotzscheana photo by Dave Hunt

Sobralia klotzscheana Rchb.f.
Original publication: Linnaea 22: 815. 1849.
Type speciment: Peru: Chicoplaya, Ruiz s.n. (T: W)

A terrestrial species growing to a height of about 1.5 meters. Flowers can be either pink, or white with pink lip. Found in the Coastal, Andean, and Amazonian areas of Ecuador from 500 to 2000+ meters, including the provinces of Azuay, Manabí, Napo, Pastaza, Pichincha, Tungurahua, and Zamora-Chinchipe.
According to "Inventory of the vascular plants of Maquipucuna, Ecuador," it was collected from 1450-2100 meters elevation in the Maquipucuna area.

Photo at left provided by Dave Hunt, of a plant blooming in Texas, in September; 2.5 ft high.

Sob. klotzscheana CBR/AOS photo by Danny Lentz
This species recently received a Certificate of Botanical Recognition from the AOS, provisional at this time as it has not yet been published in the Awards Quarterly. Sobralia klotzscheana 'Mello Spirit' was exhibited by David Mellard and Sal Marino, of Doraville, Georgia, and was awarded at the Atlanta Judging Center, June 9, 2007. Photo at right by Danny Lentz.

Colombian References:

Colombian Orchid Society (1992) Native Colombian Orchids, Volume 4: Porroglossum - Zygosepalum, Rodrigo Escobar, ed. Medellin: Compania Litografica Nacional S.A., 618p. [photo]

Eva Ledezma, Giovanny Ramirez, Nayive Pino-Benitez (March 2006) "Forest Orchids of the Choco Region / Orquideas silvestres del Choco," in: Lyonia 10(1): 17-31. [Sobralia decora, fragrans, klotzscheana, liliastrum, macrophylla, madisonii, pulcherrima, valida; Fig. 4 shows Sobralia pollinia]. URL:

Ecuador References:

Dodson, C. H. (1988) "A list of the orchid species reported for Ecuador," in: Orquídeas de la costa del Ecuador, pp. 115-129.

Flora Ecuadorensis. volume 9: page 124 (1978).

Leslie A. Garay (Dec. 1978) Flora of Ecuador: Orchidaceae, in: Opera Botanica, Stockholm: NFR, 305p.

Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador

Inventory of the vascular plants of Maquipucuna, Ecuador
From the Monocot list:
"183. Sobralia klotzscheana Rchb. f. Sec. for., 1450-2100 m; terr., to 1.5 m, fls. pink or white with pink lip: 27967*, 30451, 30481(?), 30502, 32969. "Maygua" "

Peruvian References:

Club Peruano de Orquideas, Galería de Orquídeas Peruanas: Sobralia

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