Sobralia ‘veitchii’ or bamboo orchid is a hybrid between Sobralia macrantha and Sobralia xantholeuca.
It was developed by Harry Veitch, an English horticulturist, and got a reward from the RHS Orchid Committee in 1894.
It is a tall bamboo-like orchid that can be grown outdoors in Mediterranean climates.
It is easy to grow, care is similar to that of Cymbidiums.
Sobralia veitchii is a terrestrial or lithophytic orchid that looks somewhat like bamboo and grows 1-2 m high.
The leaves are dark green, drooping, lanceolate, narrowing into a point at the tip, 25 cm long and 5 cm wide.
The flowers have white petals and sepals, tinged with faint pink. The tube of the lip is is yellow, the front pale lilac.
Hybrid by James Veitch & Sons, 1894
Sobralia: in honor of Dr. Francisco Sobral, Spanish botanist of the 18th century.
Veitchii: derived from the name Veitch who developed the hybrid
Diurnal: 18-24 °C
Nocturnal: 14-16 °C
Sun, light, partial shade
Keep moist, do not allow the substrate to dry out completely
Sandy soil or bark with perlite
20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to half of recommendation, once a week
Divide the plant when repotting.
- Sobralia ‘veitchii’: Own work