ORIGIN: Found from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte occurring on trees and on rocks in humid cloud forests from 800 to 2700 meters.
DESCRIPTION: A medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte occurring on trees and on rocks in humid cloud forests, it can fill an entire house with it's pleasing scent. This species has pyriform to ovoid, sulcate pseudobulbs with a single, apical, coriaceous, plicate, ribbed, elliptic-obovate, gradually narrows below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf. They bloom in the summer and fall on a pendant, 3 to 10 flowered, 6 to 7 1/4 [15 to 18 cm] long, crowded inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and last from 2-4 days and as in all Stanhopea they must be kept in a wire basket or mounted on a plaque as the inflorescence hangs pendant from below the plant.
FLOWER SIZE: 5 inches [12.5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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