Sobralia macrophylla

Sobralia macrophylla

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.

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

Description:

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.

Nomenclature:

Common name:

Large-leafed sobralia

Synonyms:

Cattleya chlorantha, Cyathoglottis macrantha, Sobralia aurantiaca, Sobralia chlorantha, Sobralia rolfeana

Etymology:

Sobralia: in honor of Dr. Francisco Sobral, Spanish botanist of the 18th century.
Macrophylla: from the Greek makrós (long) and phúllon (leaf).

Origin:

Central and South America

Habitat:

Wet tropical forest

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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