!Sobennikoffia robusta (Schltr.) Schltr. 1925

Photos courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart shade Warm to Cool LATE Spring

Common Name The Robust Sobennikoffia

Flower Size 2" to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm]

Found in northwestern Madagascar in sandy very dry woods at the base of trees at elevations of 1569 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial, semi epiphyte or epiphyte with a short stem carrying numerous, large, loriform, coriaceous and very unequally bilobed-obtuse apically leaves that blooms in the late spring on a 16" [40 cm] long, erect, rigid, loosely 8 to 15 flowered inflorescence enveloped by several sheaths carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Angraecum robustum (Schltr.) Schltr. 1915; *Oeonia robusta Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 4 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing hmm/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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