Sobralia luteola Rolfe 1898 Photo by Greg Allikas and his Orchid Flickr Site

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Yellowish Sobralia

Flower Size 1.4" [4 cm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in tall evergreen forests at elevations of 100 to 1150 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte on rock faces among mosses with erect, leafless below and leaf bearing towards the apex stems carrying ovate-lanceolate, plicate, 5 nerved, acuminate, articulate to the leaf bearing sheaths below leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a racemose, short, to successively to 10 flowered, 2 to 3 open at a time inflorescence with heavy textured flowers

CAUTION: I am fairly sure that this one is incorrect as the flowers are supposed to be creamy yellow with an orange beard in the throat and have a purple and frilled apical margin. ANYONE?

Synonyms Sobralia pleiantha Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1169 Hamer drawing hmm

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