Sobralia stenophylla Lindl. 1854 Photo by Copyright © Nina Rach.
Plant in situ Photo courtesy by G. C. K. Dunsterville, Copyright © , and the Dr Leslie Garay Archives.
Common Name The Thin Leafed Sobralia
Flower Size 2.8" [7 cm]
Found in Guyana, Venezuela and Peru in bogs and on banks of watercourses or along margins of fast flowing, black waters on sandstone or in sandy soils at elevations of 750 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, terete stem enveloped completely by leafless and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying several distichous, rigidly coriaceous, linear, plicate, 7 nerved, acute leaves and blooms on a 2" [5 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with inflated, acuminate floral bracts and fleshy flowers.
The photo of Sobralia stenophylla also depicts a Phragmipedium ion the lower left corner.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 drawing hmm does not show central pilose are of lip; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 3 1983 photo ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 Schlechter/Brieger 1983; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide;Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;