Sobralia purpurea Dressler 2000 SECTION Abbreviatae TYPE Drawing by Dressler

Common Name The Purple Sobralia

Flower Size 4.8" [12 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in oak forests at elevations of 1800 to 2100 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with thick erect stems enveloped by glabrous sheaths and carrying various, distichous, lanceolate, caudate-acuminate, sparsely lepidote beneath, papery, 9 major veined plicate leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 2.2 to 2.4" [5.5 to 6 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising through imbricate, elliptic, glabrous below, weakly ribbed above bracts carrying purple flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Novon 10(3): 200, f. 4 Dressler 2000 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017