Sobralia oliva-estevae Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990 SECTION Sobralia Photo by © Eric Christenson

Part shadeCool LATEsummer

Common Name Oliva Esteva's Sobralia [Venezuelan Orchid Collector of the type current]

Flower Size 3.8 to 4.8" [9 to 12 cm]

Found in Guyana and Venezuela in dwarf cloud forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with elongate, terete, erect, arcuately ascending to subpendulous, sometimes red tinged, somewhat lignified basally, branching and rooting at midlevel stems carrying all along the stem, subfleshy, plicate, abaxially with 2 raised nerves, decurved, narrowly ovate-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, long acuminate leaves that are atriculate to the sheaths that tighly clasp the stems that blooms in the late summer on an axillary, from the upper portion of the stem or branches, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, successively single to 6 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Brasolia oliva-estevae (Carnevali & I.Ramírez) Baranow, Dudek & Szlach. 2017

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 64 #1 2000 photo fide; Pl. Syst. Evol. 303: 868 Branow, Dudek & Szach. 2017 as Brasolia oliva-estevae