Sobralia xantholeuca Rchb.f 1885
Plant and Flower in situ, Laguna de Monte Bello National Park Chiapas Mexico Photo by © Weyman Bussey
Common Name The Yellow White Sobralia
Flower Size 6 to 9" [15 to 22.5cm]
This is a Guatemalan and Mexican epiphytic and sometimes lithophytic species found in the state of Chiapas in pine-oak forest and scarcely in mountain rain forest at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a large to giant sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with simple, erect to arcuate, thin, leafy stems with plicate, elliptic, long acuminate leaves that are spotted red brown that blooms in the summer on a very short, terminal raceme with 3 to 5 successive opening, malodorous flowers that are very short-lived.
References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 1 1964 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 97 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide