Stanhopea panamensis N.H. Williams & Whitten 1988 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii
Another Flower Angle Photos courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids
Common Name The Panama Stanhopea
Flower Size 4.8 to 5.6" [12 to 14 cm]
Found in Panama in moist rainforests at elevations around 900 meters as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with oval, strongly ribbed and furrwoed with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, coarse, leathery, plicate, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the mid summer through early winter on a pendent, basal, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, loosely 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence enveloped by large, spread, broadly triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.
Often cited as a synonym of S occulata but differs in having a less sharply angled hypochile and it has a different scent and there is no eye spot although there may be patterning.
References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Lindleyana 3(1): 9-10, f. 1. 1988; Native COlombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide;