Sobralia dissimilis Dressler 1995

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Atwood/Dressler


Common Name The Very Different Sobralia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1750 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with thick erect stems enveloped by verruculous, glabrous sheaths and carrying various, elliptic, acuminate, thin, somewhat plicate leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, 2 flowered inflorescence carrying large showy yellow flowers with a purplish lip.

This species has been sold commercially as Sobralia bella and Sobralia undatocarinata aurea


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 pg 322; *Novon 5: 142 Dressler 1995 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;