Sobralia ciliata (C. Presl) C. Schweinf. & Foldats 1969

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Dr. Leslie Garay Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Part shade Cool to Warm LATESpring to EARLYSummer

Common Name The Fine Haired Sobralia

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 3200 meters as a medium to large sized, terrestrial with an erect, terete, leafless below, leaf bearing above stem carrying many, coriaceous, plicate, suberect to spreading, lanceolate, long-acuminate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a lateral from the axils of the upper leaves, shorter than the terminal leaf, compressed, subterete, racemose, loosely, successivly few flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, concave, acute to subacuminate floral bracts with 1 to 3 flowers open at any one time.

Synonyms *Bletia ciliata C. Presl 1827; Sobralia porphyrocharis Rchb. f. 1873

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 as S porphyrocharis; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as S dichotoma drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0375 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing fide/photo not; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo

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