Sobralia gloriosa Rchb.f. 1873 SECTION Abbreviatae In situ Montezuma Colombia Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Color

Plant and Flower In situ Photos by Greg Allikas

Drawing Original Drawings by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Glorious Sobralia

Flower Size 3" [7.5cm]

F ound on the western slopes of southern Colombia and Ecuador in wet montane forests, often along road cuts, from 500 to 2800 meters as a medium to giant sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial species with an erect, fractiflex stem carrying towards the apex, distichous, plicate, elliptic, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms on an apical, elongate, fractiflex, successively single flowered inflorescence with loose, acuminate floral bracts and fragrant flowers

Often confused with S luerorum which occurs on the eastern slopes of the Andes only, this one is an unusual color variant and most often the color scheme is similar to S luerorum.


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 308 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017