Sobralia stevensonii Dodson 1998 SECTION Abbreviatae

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by C Dodson


Common Name Stevenson's Sobralia [American Botanist in Ecuador 1900's]

Flower Size 3.6" [9 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in wet montane forests, often along road cuts and embankments at elevations around 1200 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to cane-like stems enveloped in the basal half by clasping sheaths and carrying in the apical half, narrowly elliptic, coriaceous, long-acuminate apically, heavily veined beneath, distichous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, elongate, very lightly fractiflex, , provided with a large spathe-like bract at each node, successively single, several flowered inflorescence.

Similar to S powellii but S stevensonii differs in the very narrow elliptic,, long-acuminate leaves , smaller flowers and the pair of divergent, shelf-like fleshy calli at the base of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 drawing fide;