Sobralia rarae-avis Dressler 2007 SECTION Abbreviatae

Thisckened notch of the leaf sheath where the inflorescence aries Photos by Kerry Dressler

part shadeWarm Summer

Common Name The Rara-Avis Sobralia [refers to the Biological Reserve that the species was found in]

Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 700 to 900 meters as a giant sized, warm growing terrestrial with erect, purple spotted stems with basal leafless, infundibular apically, inflated and flattened, purple spotted sheaths, and carrying above, elliptic, subacute, 5 to 6 prominent veined, heavily spotted with purple especially beneath leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, arising through a short, deep, cone-like, elliptic-ovate, acute bract, with a smaller bract within, single flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 Dressler drawing/photo fide;