Sobralia macrophylla or large-leafed sobralia is a tall bamboo-like orchid.
Flowers are big and perfumed.
It is easy to grow, care is similar to that of Cymbidiums.
Sobralia macrophylla is a terrestrial or epiphytic orchid with bamboo-like stems and leaves.
Stems are 60-80 cm long and 0.5-0.8 cm in diameter.
Leaves are alternate and oval with a pointed apex, 12-18 cm long and 4-8 cm wide, light green.
Terminal inflorescence with 1-3 fragrant flowers, 10-12 cm in size. The color varies from white or cream to pale yellow. They bloom for 1 day only.
Cattleya chlorantha, Cyathoglottis macrantha, Sobralia aurantiaca, Sobralia chlorantha, Sobralia rolfeana
Sobralia: in honor of Dr. Francisco Sobral, Spanish botanist of the 18th century.
Macrophylla: from the Greek makrós (long) and phúllon (leaf).
Central and South America
Wet tropical forest
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 macrophylla: Maarten Sepp