Sobralia luerorum Dodson 1998 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower? Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Another Flower? Photo by David Jubineau.

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Calaway Dodson

Part sunCool to Cold Winter

Common Name Luer's Sobralia [American Pleurothallidinae Expert Current ]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found on the eastern slope of the Andes of Ecuador on road cuts and embankments at elevations around 1300 to 2500 meters as a cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to erect, cane-like stems enveloped in the basal half by clasping sheaths and carrying in the upper half, elliptic, coriaceous, acuminate, distichous, heavily veined beneath, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter on an apical, elongate, to 8" [20 cm] long, fractiflex, provided with a large, spathe-like bract at each node, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Often confused with S glosiosa which only occurs on the western slopes of the Andes

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo fide to the third photo; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017