Sobralia bletiae Rchb.f. 1852 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo By Ted Green

Another Flower dorsal sepal and petals removed

Photo By Kerry Dressler


TYPE Drawing By Reichenbach 1854


Common Name The Bletia-Like Sobralia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam, Northern Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in rain and cloud forests at elevations of 200 to 1200 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, most often epiphyte and occasional terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by tubular sheaths and carrying plicate, subcoriaceous, elliptic leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, successively single to 2 flowered inflorescence carrying waxy, fragrant flowers

Synonyms Sobralia epiphytica Schltr. 1913; Sobralia suaveolens Rchb.f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 10. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as S suaveolens drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as S suaveolens drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S suaveolens; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967 as S suaveolens; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 as S suaveolens drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as S suauveolens drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Sobralia suaveolens drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0377 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 as S suaveolens drawing hmm; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo not = S lacerata; 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 as S suaveloens; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 as S suaveolens drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo not[see Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010] NEW SPECIES; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as S suaveolens drawing/photo hmm not [see Orquideologia vol 27 #1 2010]; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo/drawing fide; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 276 Karremans and Bogarin 2014 drawing/photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017