Sobralia crocea (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb. f. 1853

Frontal View

Well opened flower

Plant and Flower in situ Ecuador Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photos Website

Another Plant Photo courtesy of David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

to LATE to EARLY

Common Name The Saffron Yellow Sobralia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in the lower levels of wet montane forests at elevations of 1700 to 2700 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial or occasional epiphtye with a leafy stem enveloped by a few distant, tubular, acuminate sheaths and carrying suberect, lanceolate, sessile, acuminate, distichous, slightly plicate, sub-clasping leaves and blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, 1 to 1 1/4" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, successively single few flowered inflorescence arising from several imbricating bracts that form a small cone carrying 1 to 3, fugaceous, small for the genus, flowers.

Synonyms *Cyathoglottis crocea Poepp. & Endl. 1836; Sobralia gracilis Schltr. 1916

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 305 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 8 1998 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 572 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drwaing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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