Sobralia macdougallii Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher and his Orchid Flickr Site


Common Name Macdougall's Sobralia [British Collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size 3.6" [9 cm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico and Guatemala in warm oak forests and montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1400 meters as a medium to large sized, warm growing lithophyte or terrestrial on steep embankments with erect, cane-like stems without adventichous stems at the inflorescence and carrying distichous, plicate, lanceolate, long acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, successively 2, single flowered inflorescence

This species is related to S decora and 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 galeottiana differs from S decora by its pubescent leaves, form keikis, has whitish blotches at the apex of the segments, narrower petals and lip and a column with 2 prominent ventral keels.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 668 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 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