Sobralia suaveolens

Rchb. f. 1878

Native to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Brazil (Amapá and Pará), Bolivia

Edited 25 April 2007
© Nina Rach

Sobralia suaveolens photo by Ted Green

(syn. S. epiphyta Schlechter)

Originally published in Gard. Chron. 9: 622, 1878.

This is a small-growing species with small, cupped flowers borne apically. Sepals are light green, petals are white, and the lip is white with a yellow throat, brownish markings, and ciliated or fringed margin.

Delfina de Araujo has confirmed that this species occurs in the Brazilian states of Amapá and Pará.


Photo above, courtesy of Ted Green, Hawaii.

Printed References:

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

Robert L. Dressler (1993) Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 304 pp.

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1959), Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated, 1: 398-399. London: Andre Deutsch Ltd. [line drawing plus text].

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1979), Orchids of Venezuela: An Illustrated Field Guide, p. 941. Boston: Botanical Museum of Harvard University, three white volumes, soft cover in a black slip case [line drawing only].

Ernesto Foldats (1969) "Orchidaceae," in: T. Lasser, Flora de Venezuela 15(1): 169-201. Caracas: Edicion Especial del Instituto Botanico.

Web References:

International Plant Names Index [IPNI],

Delfina de Araujo's list of Sobralias in Brazil,

Eric A. Christenson and J.K. Boggan (1996) "ORCHIDACEAE of the Guianas, in: Checklist of the Plants of the Guianas". Orchidaceae webpage: URL [cited for Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana]

Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador (CVPE) - Accepted Taxa, from the W3 TROPICOS database at MOBOT.

Species list, Orquidario Villa Tunari, Bolivia,

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