Sobralia quinata Dressler 2003 SECTION Globosae Photo by Dressler, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

part Shade WarmLATEspring Summer

Common Name The Quinata Sobralia [A tree in Costa Rica]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica on the Atlantic slope at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm growing terrestrial with stems that are sometimes leafless and carrying from 0 to 4, plicate, elliptic, long-acuminate, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, curved, 1.5" [3.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from an imbricate, ellipsoid bract cluster.

Similar to Sobralia fuzukiae but differs in the flower being faced backward facing the stem so as to hide the lip, 3 prominent keels that are tallest at or near the apice and have some erect lobules, as well as a inflorescence that is markedly curved and 1" or longer with the flowers arising from the outer edges.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 6: 27-28 Dressler 2003 drawing fide; ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids, Mag. Amer. Orchid Soc. Vol 76 No 9: 696. 2007 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017