Sobralia violacea Linden ex Lindl. 1846 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Fragrant Part shade Cool to HotSummer

Common Name The Violet Sobralia

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found from Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam?, and Peru in open places at the margins of cloud forests at elevations of 100 to 3300 meters in rocky soil as a large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial or epiphyte with ovate-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, plicate, long acuminate, leaves with warty leaf bases and blooms on a short, 1 to 3 flowered, terminal inflorescence with successively single, fragrant, showy, short lived flowers occurring throughout the summer.

Synonyms Cattleya odoratissima P.N.Don 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853 S violacea var albiflora; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing not = S yauaperyensis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing not = S yauaperyensis; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as S yauaperyensis drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = S yauaperyensis; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 Schlechter/Brieger 1983 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0299 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing ok; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo;

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