Sobralia withneri

D.E. Bennett & E.A. Christenson 2001

Native to Peru

Edited 25 April 2007
Text © Nina Rach


Sobralia withneri photo by Greg Allikas

Sobralia withneri D.E. Bennett & E.A. Christenson 2001

Original publication in ICONES ORCHIDACEARUM PERUVIARUM," fourth installment.
A newly published species based on collections made in Peru.

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Terrestrial habit. Flowers borne terminally. Petals creamy white, wavy, and slightly smaller than greenish-yellow sepals. Lip creamy white, distal third flushed rose-pink and highly fimbriate; yellow-orange calli and fimbriations on midlobe. Column and anther cap white.

Sobralia withneri photo by Greg Allikas

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Natural spread of flower 5.0 cm vertical, 6.2 cm horizontal (across lateral sepals); natural spread of petals 4.5 cm horizontal.

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Photo at right shows a profile of the lip.

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Named in honor of American botanist Carl L. Withner, author of the recent six-volume set, The Cattleyas and their Relatives among many, many other works. Dr. Withner was affiliated for many years with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and now resides in Washington state.

Sobralia withneri photo by Greg Allikas

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Photos provided courtesy of Greg Allikas; The Orchid Photo Page. Plant acquired from A. Manrique, blooming June 2002.

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Reference:

David E. Bennett Jr. & Eric A. Christenson (2001) "Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum," fourth installment, plate no's. 601 to 800, unbound, shrink-wrapped, 400pp.


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