Sobralia candida (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb. f. 1853 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by G.C.K. Dunsterville Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Flower closeup on stamp


Common Name The White Sobralia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in dense wet montane forests and open dry forests at elevations of 700 to 1800 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte on tree trunks or as a terrestrial with wiry, clustered stems enveloped by elongate, tubular sheaths and that are leafy only at the apex with 2 to 4, lanceolate, plicate, subpetiolate, long-acuminate leaves that blooms on a terminal, subsessile inflorescence that with age forms a cone-like strobilus with ovate-lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carries 1 to 2 at a time, successive, short-lived flowers that occurs sporadically throughout the year.

Separated from others in the genus by having white flowers, small stature, toothed keels, and an inflorescence that forms a pine-cone like strobilus with time.

Synonyms *Cyathoglottis candida Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; draqwing/photo fide Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983; photo hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0301 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 571 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 drawing fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017