Sobralia paradisiaca

Rchb.f. 1850

Native to Venezuela and Colombia

Edited 30 March 2007
© Nina Rach

Sobralia paradisiaca photo

Sobralia paradisiaca Rchb.f.

Originally published in Linnaea 22:816 (1850).

Terrestrial plants growing to 1.3m high. Terminal inflorescences with 3-6 flowers, one to three open at a time; fleshy sepals. Flowers deep rose-purple, lip has a bright yellow throat; column is white. Found growing on steep, exposed roadside banks in Tachira state at about 1800m altitude.


G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1960) "Sobralia paradisiaca Rchb.f.," in: Orchid Review 68: 106-107.

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1976) Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated, Vol. 6. London: Andre Deutsch Limited, pp. 404-405.

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1979) Orchids of Venezuela: An Illustrated Field Guide. Boston: Botanical Museum of Harvard University, three white volumes, soft cover in a black slip case. [Sob. candida; cattleya; ciliata; fimbriata; fragrans; infundibuligera; liliastrum; macrophylla; paradisiaca; ruckeri; sessilis; speciosa; stenophylla; suaveolens; valida; violacea; yauaperyensis]

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 (1998) Venezuela, Orchid Paradise. 128p., 60 color photos, 62 B&W plates. [Sob. liliastrum, Sob. paradisiaca, Sob. stenophylla, Sob. violacea, (Sob. yauaperyensis)]

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