Sobralia tamboana Dodson 1998 SECTION Sobralia Photo by Eric Hunt and hisOrchid Photo Site

TYPE Photo

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by C Dodson

Full Shade WarmCool

Common Name The El Tambo Sobralia [refers to the locality of the species occurance]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in northwestern and southeastern Ecuador on roadcuts and embankments at elevations of 550 to 1700 meters as a giant sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to an erectm cane-like stem enveloped basally by clasping sheaths and carrying above, elliptic, chartaceous, acuminate apically, distichous, heavily veined nbeneath, baslly clasping leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a terminal, through a cone-like structure, successively single, several flowered inflorescence

Similar to S rosea but S tamboana differs in the very lightly fractiflex inflorescence, , the pale yello0w flowers with a diffuse red brown spot on the lamina of the lip and the lack of low parellel lammeliae on the lamina of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 72#1 :46-47 2008 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017