Sobralia aspera Dressler & Pupulin 2008SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by Franco Pupulin

part Shade WarmLATEspring

Common Name The Rough Sobralia [refers to the black roughness on the leaf sheaths]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 800 to 1000 meters as a medium to large sized, warm growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, leafy in the upper third, lanceolate, acuminate, 9 principal veined beaneath, plicate leaves that blooms in the late spring through a group of terminal, enrolled bracts, subtended by a plicate foliar bract, successively single flowered inflorescence.

Similar to S leucoxantha but differs in the naturally occuring [not as evident in cultivated species] black roughened leaf sheaths, the fact that the flowers only arise of leafy stems, the floor of the lip is somewhat corrugated and the column has prominent, rather porrect arms.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2007 photo/drawing fide;