Sobralia dissimilis Dressler 1995 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by Kerry Dressler

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Dressler/Atwood


Common Name The Very Different Sobralia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Boca del Toro province of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1750 to 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with thick erect stems enveloped by verruculous, glabrous sheaths and carrying various, elliptic, acuminate, thin, somewhat plicate leaves that blooms in the late spring on a terminal, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, 2 flowered inflorescence carrying large showy yellow flowers with a purplish lip.

This species has been sold commercially as Sobralia bella and Sobralia undatocarinata aurea


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 pg 322; *Novon 5: 142 Dressler 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 #10 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017