Sobralia 'veitchii'

Sobralia ‘veitchii’

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.

It is part of the family Orchidaceae, subfamily Epidendroideae, tribe Sobralieae, genus Sobralia.

Description:

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.

Origin:

Hybrid by James Veitch & Sons, 1894

Etymology:

Sobralia: in honor of Dr. Francisco Sobral, Spanish botanist of the 18th century.
Veitchii: derived from the name Veitch who developed the hybrid



Care:

Temperature:

Diurnal: 18-24 °C
Nocturnal: 14-16 °C

Light:

Sun, light, partial shade

Water:

Keep moist, do not allow the substrate to dry out completely

Hygrometry:

50%

Substrate:

Sandy soil or bark with perlite

Feed:

20-20-20 fertilizer diluted to half of recommendation, once a week

Repot:

After flowering

Propagation:

Division:

Divide the plant when repotting.

Image sources

  • Sobralia ‘veitchii’: Own work

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