Sobralia fragrans Lindl. 1853 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl, plant grown by JEM Orchids

FragrancePart shadeCool to HotSpring Summer

Common Name The Fragrant Sobralia

Flower Size 2 1/4" to 3" [6 to 8 cm]

Found from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Surianm, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Northern Brazil and Ecuador in tropical moist forests at elevations of sealevel to 1500 meters as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with erect or ascending stems carrying lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, plicate, acuminate to acute, fleshy, basally clasping leaves all held sparsely towards the apex and blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature stem and longer than the leaves and has fragrant, short-lived flowers.

Synonyms Sobralia eublepharis Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl 1929.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 10. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 307 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung #13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 photo not; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1166 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo hmm; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018