Sobralia cattleya Rchb.f.1877 Photo courtesy of © Guillermo Angulo and His Index Of Orchid Images
Common Name The Cattleya-Like Sobralia
Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]
Found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 900 to 1500 meters as a large to giant sized, warm growing terrestrial with erect to arcuate stems depending on the terrain, generally leafy in the upper 2/3's stem enveloped mostly by smooth, tubular, leafless below leaf bearing above sheaths and carrying plicate, narrowly elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the winter on to 4, axillary, stout, somewhat angled in section, paniculate, few branched, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 20cm] long, 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence with small green floral bracts and carrying cloyingly sweet scented flowers.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:128 Schlechter 1924; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 as S dichotoma drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1975 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977 photo; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 as S dichotoma photo = S cattleya = ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata Photo #623 = S cattleya; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 phot ofide;