Sobralia macrantha Lindley 1836 Photo by © Dale and Deni Borders.

Another Clone Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Large-Flowered Sobralia

Flower Size 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm]

A large sized terrestrial and rarely epiphytic, warm to cold growing species that is native to Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz and Chiapas states of Mexico, Bekize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduraas, Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations of 90 to 3400 meters on leaf deitrius over rocks, sandy soils or streamside with terete, clustered stems that are leafy throughout and carrying narrowly to broadly lanceolate, plicate, long acuminate spreading, rigid leaves that blooms on a short, terminal, single flowered inflorescence subtended by a large foliaceous bract and occurs from the spring till autumn with fragrant, short-lived flowers.

Distinguished form other Mexican Sobralia by the erect, cane-like unbranched stems, glabrous leaves and very large 4.4 to 8.2" [11 to 21 cm] wide pink to purple flower

Synonyms Cattleya macrantha Beer 1854; Cyathoglottis macrantha Lem. 1954

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 5 1979 photo; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1170 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 8 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2006 drawing; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1090 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide

Sobralia macrantha Lindley 1836 var compacta

Photos courtesy of David Jubineau And His Bulbophyllum & Co. Website

Sobralia macrantha var. kienastiana Rchb. f. ? Photo courtesy of Fritz Hamer Copyright © , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives

A white with yeelow center variety of the previous species

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide;

Sobralia macrantha var splendens ? Photo courtesy of Dr Leslie Garay Copyright © , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives