Sobralia undatocarinata C. Schweinf. 1938 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by Copyright Scott McGregor

Another Flower

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Common Name or Meaning

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in pluvial oak forests at elevations of 1100 to 2700 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or occasional epiphyte with erect, thick, slightly verruculous stems carrying several, elliptic, acuminate, coriaceous, strongly plicate leaves that blooms in the summer and early fall with a terminal, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, inflorescence with loose floral bracts carrying 2 to 5 simultaneous opening, white, very fragrant flowers with a red lined lip that last several days.

Similar to S maduroi but larger in all parts and has a differently shaped lip with usually much wider, very undulate keels.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 10 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017