Sunday, July 26, 2009
Gentry's Sobralia, Sobralia Gentryi. This gorgeous orchid has flowers that have a sweet smell reminiscent of Stanhopea nigroviolescens. Perhaps they are pollinated by the same bee as the smell is nearly identical. The plant itself is rather large, perhaps 3 ft. tall at first bloom and currently shows no signs of stopping. It is blooming under the shade of a large tree in the back yard, having gotten a bit too big for the very tiny greenhouse. In nature, they are found in Ecuador in wet montane forests at around 1500-4000 ft.