Sobralia ruckeri Linden & Rchb. f. 1854 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo courtesy of G.C.K. Dunsterville Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

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Common Name Rucker's Sobralia [English Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial of open areas that are constantly humid to wet with an elongated, robust, slightly fractiflex stem carrying coriaceous, plicate, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acuminate leaves and blooms in the late winter and spring on a erect, to [10" [25 cm] long, several successively flowered, flexuous inflorescence that carries to 4 open at a time, fleshy, fragrant, long-lived flowers.

Synonyms Cattleya rueckeri (Linden & Rchb.f.) Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 fide; Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #2 2011 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 drawing fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017