Sobralia macrophylla Rchb. f. 1852 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by Greg Allikas

Flower Closeup Photo by Maarten Sepp

Side View, notice flower arising from the hollow, tubular basal bract

Inflated tubular basal sheath Photo by Kerry Dressler

FragrancePart shade Hot LATE Winter THROUGH Spring

Common Name The Large Leafed Sobralia

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Matto Grossa State, Brazil at elevations of 100 to 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte or often terrestrial in tropical wet forests at riversides and near waterfalls with cane-like, apically compressed stems enveloped by acuminate sheaths and carrying elliptic-oblong to elliptic-ovate, acute or abruptly acuminate, plicate, sessile, wide, smooth, lustrous bright green leaves and blooms in the late winter through spring arising through a short, deep, cone-like bract, with a few smaller bracts within, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with 1 to 3, fleshy, short-lived, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya chlorantha (Hook.) Beer 1854; Sobralia aurantiaca Linden & Rchb. f. 1854; Sobralia chlorantha Hook. f. 1852; Sobralia rolfeana Schltr. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as S aurantiaca; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S chlorantha; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 12. Panama Schlechter 1922 as S rolfeana; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 as S "macrophylla" drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S rolfeana; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 310 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 380 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing hmm; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017