Sobralia fenzliana Rchb.f. 1852 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by , Alex K. The Green Man and hisFlickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photos courtesy of Fritz Hamer Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

Drawing Drawing by Hamer

Another Drawing Drawing by Megahes & Dodson

Fragrant Part sun Hot Warm Winter Spring

Common Name Fenzl's Sobralia [Austrian Botanist later 1800's]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in lower evergreen rainforests at elevations around 200 to 1900 meters as a small to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial or occasional epiphyte with erect, terete, leafy stems carrying plicate, erect-patent, elliptic, acuminate, cuneiform below into the base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a cone like arrangement of bracts giving rise to sessile, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with small whitish to pink to purple colored, fragrant flowers.

Sometimes cited as a synonym of Sobralia decora but I will leave them separate for now pending more information. Appears to me that it is a more concolor flower and does not have a central ridge to the lip apex.

Synonyms Sobralia neglecta Schltr. 1923; Sobralia panamensis Schltr. 1922; Sobralia panamensis var. albiflos Schltr. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as S fenzlii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17:11. Panama Schlechter 1922; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 151. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S neglecta; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 11. Panama Schlechter 1922 as S panamensis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as S panamensis drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 as S decora forma albiflos; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S panamensis;; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as S fenzliana drawing good; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 306 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung #13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 as S panamensis drawing ok; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1165 Hamer 1984 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1165 Dodson 1984 as Sobralia fenzliana; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2013 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017