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Glossary
epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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lithophyte
A plant that grows on rocks or stony soils.
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terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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Sobralia

Flower
Family Orchidaceae
Name Sobralia Yellow Kiss
Abbreviation Sob.
Hybrid Formula
xantholeuca × (macrantha × (macrantha × xantholeuca))
Etymology
Sobralia Named after Dr. Francisco Sobral, 18th century Spanish botanist.
xantholeuca From Greek xanthos meaning yellow, and Greek leukos meaning white.
macrantha From Greek macros meaning big, and Greek anthos meaning flower.

  See also:  Other Genera

This Sobralia is the result of several generations of breeding two Sobralia species, macrantha and xantholeuca. Sobralia xantholeuca is an epiphyte, lithophyte and ocassionally terrestrial growing in intermediate elevation pine-oak forests of Mexico. It has yellow flowers. Sobralia macrantha is another epiphyte, lithophyte and terrestrial from Mexico. It has large pink to purple flowers, but this colour seems to be recessive as it does not appear in its seedlings.

Growth consists of thin long canes with oval pleated leaves, both taking on a superficial resemblence to bamboo. THe flowers are produced from the top of the canes, each lasting only a few days but are replaced soon after it drops. Thick roots grow in all directions, eventually forming an impenetrable mess. This is one orchid that is not easy to divide.


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