Thursday, June 04, 2009
Looks Like Grass but Blooms Like an Orchid!
Sobralia macrantha variety alba or perhaps variety kienastiana. Sobralias look like tall canes of grass. The leaves are vaguely reminiscent of palm leaves, with that plicate accordian-like folding! The flowers, however, are all orchid! They look like a Cattleya and smell every bit as sweet. Sobralia flowers, unfortunately, only last about a day or two. They make up for it by blooming sequentially over up to two weeks, keeping you in flowers even while each flower is evanescent/short lived. This one is blooming in my greenhouse right now. I'm not sure I'll still have a flower tomorrow but it was certainly fun while it lasted.