Sobralia altissima D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1999 Photo by © Erica Moron de Abad© and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

Common Name The Very Tall Sobralia - in Peru - Inkill

Flower Size 4" to 6" [10 to 15 cm]

Found only in Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of 2800 to 2900 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial is the world's tallest orchid at up to 44' [1320 cm] with a thick, erect, fibrous woody stem that is leafy towards the apex with elliptic, acute-acuminate, stiffly coriaceous, conspicuously ribbed, dark green leaves that blooms in the summer on 3 to 4, axillary, below the stem apex, stout, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 759 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide;