Friday, October 2, 2009

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa'

Sobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergSobralia xantholuca 'Broa' x leucoxantha alba 'Broa' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis big Sobralia was on the raffle table when Bruce Rogers spoke. I picked it over some smaller choices. It has done well in my greenhouse, blooming three or four times.

Sobralia (Sob) contains about 100 species that look very much like bamboo. They are terrestrial and grow in tropical areas of Mexico and South America.

It is a good thing that the Sobralia plant is attractive, because the flowers are ephemeral and if you blink you will miss seeing them fully open.

Yesterday I was in the greenhouse at about 9am and saw this flower. I grabbed my camera and got this nice picture. Three hours later it was noticeably fading.

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