Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants of the family Orchidaceæ. There are about thirty species, inhabiting the region from Mexico southward. They are large-growing, handsome plants with leafy stems and very large but fugacious flowers. Some of the species to be found in the collections of orchid fanciers are S. macrantha, S. Cattleya, S. fragrans, and S. xantholeuca.
- n. any of various showy orchids of the genus Sobralia having leafy stems and bright-colored solitary or racemose flowers similar to those of genus Cattleya
“On the rocks and on the great trees by the river grew beautiful white and lilac orchidsthe sobralia, of sweet and delicate fragrance.”
“On the rocks and on the great trees by the river grew beautiful white and lilac orchids, the sobralia, of sweet and delicate fragrance.”
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