Sobralia galeottiana A.Rich. 1845 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by David Hunt

Part shadeWarm to cool MIDSummer THROUGH MIDFall

Common Name Galeotti's Sobralia [Belgian Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 2.2 to 2.8" [5.5 to 7 cm]

Found in Sinaloa, Nayariit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico andf Guatemala on embankments in tropical deciduous and subdeciduous forest at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with reed-like stems that are adventichous at the inflorescence carrying distichous, plicate, lanceolate-narrowly elliptic, long acuminate, abaxially pubescent leaves that blooms in the mid summer through mid fall on a terminal fascile, of successively single flowered inflorescence with ephemeral flowers

This species is related to S decora and S macdougalii but differs in first S decora forms keikis at old bracts and has hispidulous leaf sheaths, pale lavender and white flowers with an entire, retuse, rose-colored lip. Secondly S macdougalii differs in the rather short plants that do not produce keikis and has smooth leaves that do not dry to black with deep bright magenta flowers wita pale pink throat with conspicuous golden-orange colored lines, petals that are apically broader and rounded and haa column without prominent substigmatic keels

Synonyms Sobralia eublepharis Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl 1929.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 10. Panama Schlechter 1922; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 307 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1166 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo ok; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; 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; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018