Stanhopea inodora Lodd. ex Lindl. 1845 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii Photo by Rod Rice and Oasis the Journal

var alba Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photos Website

Flower closeupPhoto by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Odorless Stanhopea [A Misnomer as it does smell]

Flower Size 4 3/4" [12 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua in wet montane forests on trees at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial along roads on steep banks with ribbed, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several dry sheaths and carrying a single, apical, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, gradually narrows below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf and blooms on a pendulous, several to many [to 10] flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring and summer with showy, fragrant flowers.

Many sources place this taxon within S ruckeri but I have left them separate for now.

SynonymsStanhopea ruckeri var.speciosa Lemaire 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1183 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Oasis Vol 1 No 4 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo ok;

Stanhopea inodora Rchb.f. var alba 1870 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide;