Sobralia virginalis F.Peeters & Cogh. 1899 SECTION Abbreviatae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo By Patricia Harding

FragrancePart shade Hot LATEWinter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Virgin Sobralia [refers to the white flower]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in western Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on rocky exposed slopes in wet premontane to montane forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with thin, branching stems enveloped by tubular sheaths and building plantlets one on another and carrying the basally clasping, elliptic, plicate, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, sessile, single flowered inflorescence carrying a large, showy, fragrant flower

Synonyms Sobralia virginalis var. lilacina Cogn. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 drawing/photo not; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 2 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #2 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing ok/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #8 2016 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 1 2019 photo fide; OrchidDigest Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide