Sobralia speciosa

C. Schweinfurth 1961

Native to Venezuela and Brazil

Edited 25 April 2007
Text © Nina Rach

Sobralia speciosa photo

Sobralia speciosa C. Schweinfurth

Originally published in Bot. Mus. Leafl. Harv. Univ. 19: 198, tab. 28. 1961.

Terrestrial plants growing in boggy soil to approx. one meter. Leaves are shiny light green, exceptionally hard and rigid, often drooping. Flowers are borne from upper leafaxils, but are not terminal. Overall bright rose-purple, base of the lip yellow, with yellow callus and white hairs. (Dunsterville & Garay 1976)





Printed References:

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1976) Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated, Volume 6. London: Andre Deutsch Limited. [Text and line drawings of Sob. ciliata, Sob. paradisiaca, Sob. ruckeri, Sob. speciosa]

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1979) Orchids of Venezeula: 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 and German Carnevali Fernandez-Concha (15 July 2000) Orchids of Venezuela, A Field Guide (2nd Ed.). 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, along with a few taxonomic corrections.

Online References:

International Plant Names Index (IPNI),

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