Sobralia mutisii

P.Ortiz 2004

Native to Colombia

Edited 18 April 2007
© Nina Rach

Photo of Sobralia mutisii from Guillermo Angulo

Originally published in Spanish by Ortiz. Named in honor of Josť Celestino Mutis, director of the Colombian Royal Botanical Expedition (1783-1816), a botanist-priest. According to Father Pedro Ortiz, Mutis had ordered this sobralia drawn, before Ruiz and Pavon's botanical expedition to Peru and Chile.

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Guillermo Angulo has written a very interesting article about the rediscovery and naming of this species; see the link below. On a trip to San Antonio de Tequendama, Enrique Uribe, Angulo, and Ortiz saw the plants flowering above 9,000 ft. Photos by Guillermo Angulo.

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When I first saw the photos, I thought this was Sob. cattleya or perhaps Sob. dichotoma. While it may be related to those high altitude species, it has now been published as a distinct species.

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Photo of Sobralia mutisii from Guillermo Angulo Photo of Sobralia mutisii from Guillermo Angulo

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Printed Reference:

Pedro Ortiz Valdivieso (2004) "Las especies Colombianas de Sobralia Ruiz & Pav., seccion Sobralia. The Colombian species of Sobralia Ruiz & Pav., section Sobralia," in: Orquideologia 23(1): 49-65. [Sobralia mutisii on p. 50]

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Photo of Sobralia mutisii from Guillermo Angulo


Online References:

Orchid Research Newsletter No. 46 (July 2005), Link

Guillermo Angulo (e-mail: guillermoangulo@etb.net.co) "The naming of the Sobralia mutisii: A New Orchid Discovered in the Asphalt Jungle" translated into English by Juli Carbonell. Link

Original article in Spanish, published in El Tiempo, 11 Jan. 2004: Link

ING: Index Nominum Genericorum, URL: http://ravenel.si.edu/botany/ing/ingForm.cfm from the U.S. National Herbarium, Dept. of Systematic Biology - Botany, Smithsonian Institution

International Plant Names Index [IPNI], http://www.ipni.org


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