Large-Flower Sobralia
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Large-Flower Sobralia
P Introduced Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Large-Flower Sobralia
Botanical name: Sobralia macrantha    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cattleya macrantha

Large-Flower Sobralia is a large sized terrestrial and rarely tree-dwelling orchid with round, clustered stems that are leafy throughout and carrying narrowly to broadly lanceshaped, pleated, long tapering spreading, rigid leaves. The plant blooms on a short, at branch-ends, single flowered inflorescence subtended by a large leaf-like bract and occurs from the spring till autumn with fragrant, short-lived flowers. The flowers are large, usually with light substance, arising from at branch-ends inflorescences and lasting 1-2 days. The color is commonly rose to lavender-purple with a yellow-white center. However, the flowers open successively, so plants can remain in bloom for a long period. Large-Flower Sobralia is native to N. Central & S. Mexico to Central America, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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