Sobralia paradisiaca Rchb.f. 1850 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower? Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Grand Sobralia

Flower Size 4.4" [12 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela on steep roadbanks at elevations around 1800 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with erect, cane-like stems becoming fractiflex apically and enveloped almost completely by green, tubular, leaf beasring sheaths and carrying plicate, lightly attenuate apically leaves that are convex on the upper side with somewhat revolute margins that blooms on a terminal, racemose, 1 to 3 successively 3 to 6 flowered, fractiflex rachis inflorecence with large floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017