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.

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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], www.ipni.org

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, http://www.orchidarium.org/projs05.html



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