Sobralia oroana Dodson 1998 SECTION Abbreviatae

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by C Dodson

Common Name The El Oro Sobralia [Named for both its provincial location and its color]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in El Oro province of Ecuador in wet montane forests, often along road cuts at elevations around 1200 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to cane-like stems enveloped in the basal half by clasping sheaths and carrying in the apical half, elliptic to ovate, chartaceous, acuminate apically, heavily veined beneath, distichous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, through a cone-like structure, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to S ecuadorana but S oroana differs in the golden yellow flowers, the obovate, bilobed lip and the pair of parrelell, thin lamellae on the underside of the column.


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 drawing/photo fide;