Sobralia valida Rolfe 1909 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by Ron Parsons

White Color Form

Photo by Eric Christenson

An Orange Color Form

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

White Flower

Photo by Kavanaru and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower?

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Valid Sobralia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil in rain to cloud forests at elevations of 450 to 1850 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, glabrous, compressed, cane-like stems enveloped completely by tubular sheaths leafless below and leaf bearing in the upper third and carrying plicate, large, elliptic, abruptly acuminate, articulate to the stem leaves that blooms on a terminal, sessile, successive single flowered inflorescence arising through the cone-like, imbricating, white or greenish yellow bracts and carrying fragrant flowers

CAUTION I am not sure of any of these determinations so please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as S sessilis drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 316 Dodson 1980 drawing good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 1992 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 64 #1 2000 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing good/photo hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo good; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017