Sobralia virginalis F.Peeters & Cogh. 1899 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Another Flower Photo By Patricia Harding

FragrancePart shade Hot LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Virgin Sobralia [refers to the white flower]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in western Colombia on rocky exposed slopes in wet premontane to montane forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with thin, branching stems enveloped by tubular sheaths and building plantlets one on another and carrying the basally clasping, elliptic, plicate, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, sessile, single flowered inflorescence carrying a large, showy, fragrant flower

Caution here the Sobralia in the photo has a much less elongate, non tubed lip while the photo of the reference book has a very elongate, tubed, downward facing lip so this may be wrong.

Synonyms Sobralia virginalis var. lilacina Cogn. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 2 2008 drawing; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing ok/photo ok

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