Native to Costa Rica
Edited 22 March 2007
© Nina Rach
Originally published in Novon 10(3): 193-200 (2000).
Dressler describes this species as having "lanceolate leaves 1-2.5 cm wide and an intensely purple, oblong lip."
This species was described "from a cultivated plant apparently obtained near the Continental Divide in the northern Cordillera de Talamanca. This brings to 160 the total of new Orchidaceae spp. described from Costa Rica since ca. 1993."
The holotype of Sobralia purpurea was deposited in Universidad de Costa Rica herbarium.
Robert L. Dressler 1993. Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 374p. [p.322].
R. L. Dressler 2000. "Mesoamerican orchid novelties 3," in: Novon 10(3): 193-200. [descriptions, plus composite line-drawings, of five new orchid species, including two from Costa Rica]
THE CUTTING EDGE: Volume VII, Number 4, October 2000
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