Sobralia valida

Rolfe 1909

Native to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, and Brazil

Edited 5 July 2007
© Nina Rach

Sobralia valida photo?

Sobralia valida Rolfe
Original publication: Kew Bulletin 65, 1909.

This terrestrial species grows to a total height of about one meter and is found in the Coastal, Andean, and Amazonian regions of Ecuador, from 0-1500 meters. The lovely ochre-yellow to orange flowers are fragrant, cupped, and are borne apically. Tips and margins of the petals and lip may be white.

Delfina de Araujo has mentioned that this species has been confirmed to occur in the Brazilian state of Roraima.




Online references:

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]

Eva Ledezma, Giovanny Ramirez, Nayive Pino-Benitez (March 2006) "Forest Orchids of the Choco Region / Orquideas silvestres del Choco," in: Lyonia 10(1): 17-31. [Elleanthus capitatus, steyermarkii; Palmorchis trilobulata; Sobralia decora, fragrans, klotzscheana, liliastrum, macrophylla, madisonii, pulcherrima, valida; Fig. 4 shows Sobralia pollinia].

Flora of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region, Guyana Plant Species List in pdf format, in "Biological Diversity of the Guianas, Smithsonian"

Preliminary Checklist of the Plants of Kaieteur Falls National Park, Guyana [also Sob. oliva-estevae and Sob. liliastrum]

Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador (CVPE), in the W3 TROPICOS database at Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT).

Inventory of the vascular plants of Maquipucuna, Ecuador
From the Monocot list:
"186. Sobralia valida Rolfe Sec. for., 1300 m; terr., canes to 1 m; fls. fragrant, white with yellow throat, lip violet-edged: 31342**."

Printed References:

G.C.K. Dunsterville (1980) "Sobralia Sessilis--An Orchid Hunt in an Orchid Herbarium," in: Bull. Amer. Orch. Soc. 49: 486-488. [S. decora, S. sessilis, S. valida; color photo of S. sessilis]

G.C.K. Dunsterville and Leslie A. Garay (1979) Orchids of Venezuela: An Iluustrated Field Guide, p. 942 [excellent line drawing].

Rodrigo Escobar R, ed. (1992) Native Colombian Orchids, Volume 4: Porroglossum - Zygosepalum Medellin: Compania Litografica Nacional S.A. [text p. 534; color photo].

Gustavo A. Romero and German Carnevali (2000) Orchids of Venezuela: An Illustrated Field Guide, Second Edition. Caracas: Armitano Editores. [recycled line drawing]

Ecuadoran References:
Dodson, C. H. & A. H. Gentry (1978) "Flora of the Río Palenque Science Center: Los Ríos Province, Ecuador," in: Selbyana, 4(1--6): i--xxx, 1--628.

Dodson, C. H. & P. M. Dodson (1980) "Orchids of Ecuador," in: Icones Plantarum Tropicarum, 4: 301--400.

Dodson, C. H. (1988) "A list of the orchid species reported for Ecuador," in: Orquídeas de la costa del Ecuador, pp. 115-129.

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