Sobralia rosea Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SECTION Abbreviatae

Another Flower in situ Ecuador

Photos by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flower in situ Ecuador

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Photo by Elizabeth Campbell


Common Name The Rose Colored Sobralia

Flower Size 3 3/5" [9 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests on steep, brush or grass covered slopes at elevations of 200 to 3300 meters as a giant sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, terete, woody stem enveloped by approximate, tubular, acuminate sheaths that towards the apex are leaf bearing which are numerous, narrowly lanceolate, ascending, stiff, plicate, many-veined, long-acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a terminal, fractiflex, laxly flowered, racemose, to 1 3/4 to 2 1/4" [4 to 6 cm] long, Heliconia-like inflorescence with large floral bracts and carrying large, showy, ephemeral, fragrant succesive flowers.

Synonyms Sobralia lindenii hort. 1895; Sobralia ruckeri Linden ex Lindl. pro syn. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 381 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 8 1996 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 #9 2004 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo ok; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 photo fide;