Stanhopea florida Rchb. f. 1879 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii Photos courtesy of © Lourens Grobler
Another Flower Photo courtesy of Rudolf Jenny
Entire Inflorescnece Photo courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids
Common Name The Flowery Stanhopea
Flower Size 3 1/4" to 5 1/4" [8 to 13 cm]
Found in Colombia and Peru on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador it also occurs on the western slopes as a medium sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte from elevations of 600 to 1800 meters in dry montane forests with a narrowly ellipsoid, sulcate, obtuse angled pseudobulb with a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, gradually narrows below into the elongate petiolate base, acute leaf that blooms on a pendant, 9 1/2" [24 cm] long, racemose, few to several [5 to 9] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb, with large, concealing, distichous, imbricating, scarious, chartaceous bracts and subsimilar floral bracts occuring in the late summer.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 319 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 1 1993 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 576 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo;