Sobralia xantholeuca Rchb.f 1885 SECTION Abbreviatae

Plant and Flower in situ, Laguna de Monte Bello National Park Chiapas Mexico

Photo by Weyman Bussey

White and Yellow colored flower

Photo by Ron Parsons


Common Name The Yellow White Sobralia

Flower Size 6 to 9" [15 to 22.5cm]

Found in the state of Chiapas Mexico and Guatemala in pine-oak forest and scarcely in mountain rain forest at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a large to giant sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with simple, erect to arcuate, thin, leafy stems with plicate, elliptic, long acuminate leaves that are spotted red brown that blooms in the summer on a very short, terminal raceme with 3 to 5 successive opening, malodorous flowers that are very short-lived.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 1 1964 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 97 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing ok; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 26 #2 2009 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Baranow, Dudek & Szach. 2017; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018