Sobralia dichotoma flower

Sobralia dichotoma flower

Sobralia dichotoma is an orchid with large pink-red flowers.

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 dichotoma is a terrestrial or lithophytic orchid.

It looks like bamboo with long green stems with narrow, oblong leaves.

The inflorescence is branched, to 20 cm long, with many flowers that bloom sequentially. Flowers are pink-red, 10 cm wide and fragrant.

Flowering occurs in summer and autumn.

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Two piece Sobralia

Synonyms:

Cattleya dichotoma, Cattleya tichotoma

Etymology:

Sobralia: in honor of Dr. Francisco Sobral, Spanish botanist of the 18th century.
Dichotoma: Greek dikhótomos (sliced in two)

Origin:

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

Habitat:

Open woodland, protruding rocks, 750-2,800 m altitude

Sobralia dichotoma in habitat

Sobralia dichotoma in habitat
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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.

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