Sobralia lindleyana Rchb.f. 1852 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by Virginia Magnus and the Sobralia Website

Common Name Lindley's Sobralia [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of 1185 to 1240 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with rigid, semiterete stems enveloped by hirsute sheaths and carrying, ovate-elliptic, rigid, obliquely erect, plicate, 9 nerved, undulate margins, auacuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, successively single flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant, fleshy, short-lived flowers.

Similar to S crispissima but differs in the larger leaves and smaller flowers and has a shorter tube of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing fide; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1168 Hamer 1984 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #5 2011 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017