Sophronitis pabstii (F.E.L.Miranda & K.G.Lacerda) Van den Berg & M.W.Chase 2004

Inflorescence Photo by Miranda Orchid Website

Part shadeCool LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name Pabst's Sophronitis [Brazilian Orchidist 1900's]

Flower Size 1.16" [4.4 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais Brazil on horizontal ledge with sand deposits at about 1200 meters elevation as a medium sized, cool growing rupicolus orchid with elongate, 4 to 6 internoded, cylindrical, basally thickened, attenuate towards the apex, light green often suffused in reddish purple pseudobulbs enveloped by tight sheaths and carrying linear-lanceolate, strongly leathery, slightly transversely rugose, lightly boat shaped, slightly reflexed apically, medium green often purple pigmented on the margins and underneath leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, to 24" [to 60 cm] long, successively to 8 flowered inflorescence with flattened, linear-oblanceolate, slightly ventricose sheaths and triangualar floral bracts.

Within my framework this species would fit best within Laelia but till now it has not been described as such.

Synonyms Cattleya pabstii (F.E.L.Miranda & K.G.Lacerda) Van den Berg 2008; Hoffmannseggella pabstii F.E.L.Miranda & K.G.Lacerda 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin VOl 72 # 11 2003 as Hoffmannsegella pabstii photo fide;