Stanhopea candida Barb. Rodr. 1877 SUBGENUS Candida Photo courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Fragrance Full shadeWarm to Hot LATE Winter to EARLY Spring

Common Name The Snow White Stanhopea

Flower Size 2 3/4" [7 cm]

A medium sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte found from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as well as Venezuela in wet montane forests high up on large limbs in canopy trees at altitudes of 100 to 600 meters with ovoid, ridged pseudobulbs subtended by several, imbricating, chartaceous bracts and a single, apical, elliptic, acute, stiff, ribbed leaf gradually narrowing below into a long, channeled petiole that blooms on a pendant to lateral, 4" [8cm] long, racemose, one to 5 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with large, subinflated, acuminate, chartaceous bracts and larger, inflated, acuminate floral bracts occurring in the fall.

Synonyms Stanhopea eburnea var. nivea hort. ex Stein 1892; Stanhopea randii Rolfe 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as S randii; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 492 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 590 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 1 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 12 1993 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 385 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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