Sobralia sessilis (A. Rich.) Lindl. 1841 SECTION Abbreviatae Photo by G. C. K. Dunsterville, Copyright , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives.

Another Flower Angle Photo by Mauro Peixoto Copyrighted and his Brazilian Plants Website

Fragrance Part shadeHot Cool Fall

Common Name The Sitting Sobralia [Refers to the short stem]

Flower Size to more than 4" [more than 10 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venzuela, Peru, Guyana and Brazil at altitudes of 125 to 2000 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with a branching stem carrying broadly oblong-lanceolate, erect, plicate, acuminate, leaves whose bases and the leaf sheaths are darkly pubescent that blooms, on a short, terminal, several flowered inflorescence with fleshy, fragrant, short-lived flowers produced successively over a long period, occuring in the fall.

Synonyms Cattleya sessilis Beer 1854;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 27: Misc. 3. 1841; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing not = S valida; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as S sessilis var alba drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 # 5 1980 photo fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 drawing fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017