It contains about 150 species, Sobralia dichotoma being the type species.
They are characterized by tall growing stems giving them the semblance of bamboo.
Sobralia are mostly terrestrial.
The reed-like stems vary in height from 30 cm to 10 m. The leaves are heavily veined, bilobed, plicate and apical all along the stem, looking like bamboo.
The large flowers (up to 15 cm) range in color from white to pink, with a yellow heart. They appear at the top of the stems and flower briefly but successively. Flowers have large sepals and petals, a lobed or entire lip, the column carries 8 soft pollinia.
Central and South America
Moist forests, at 0-2,700 m.
Cyathoglottis, Fregea, Lindsayella
Sobralia: in honor of Dr. Francisco Sobral, Spanish botanist of the 18th century.
Diurnal: 21-30 °C
Nocturnal: 10-15 °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 dichotoma (type species)
- Sobralia macrantha
- Sobralia macrophylla
- Sobralia ‘veitchii’
- Sobralia xantholeuca