Native to Costa Rica
Edited 18 May 2007
text © Nina Rach
Originally published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19:9.
Schlechter defined this species as having reddish brown stems and a very short column. Schlechter's type drawing at left, from the Garay Archives.
Nomenclatural synomym for Fregea wercklei is Sobralia wercklei (Schltr.) L.O. Williams 1956.
The genus Fregea was established by the younger Reichenbach in Bot. Zeit. 10: 712, in 1852. There are only two species in the genus; the type species is Fregea amabilis Rchb.f.
Photo at right from TROPICOS db, labeled as amabilis, but appears to more closely represent Fregea wercklei; compare with the type drawing at left.
Robert L. Dressler (1993) Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 374p. [as Sob. wercklei]
Fritz Hamer (1990) "Orchids of Central America: An Illustrated Field Guide (M-Z)," in: Selbyana 10(Suppl.):430-860. [as Sob. wercklei]
Rudolf Schlechter (1922) Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19:9.
International Plant Names Index [IPNI],
Checklist of the Orchids of Rara Avis.