Stanhopea cirrhata Lindley 1850 SUBGENUS Stanhopeastrum Photo by Rod Rice and Oasis the Journal

Common Name The Tendril Stanhopea

Flower Size 2 1/4" [6 cm]

Found in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte in deciduous forests of seasonally dry lowlands at elevations of 100 to 800 meters on trees overhanging slow moving rivers, streams and rills with small pyriform, sulcate, pseudobulbs enveloped by basal bracts with a single, coriaceous, ribbed, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, channeled petiolate base, elliptic leaf that has a basal, 10" [25 cm] long, pendant, racemose, 2 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with several, inflated basal sheaths carrying small fragrant flowers for the genus and occuring in the fall.

Synonyms Stanhopeastrum cirrhatum (Lindl.) Szlach. 2007.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 3 1974 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1179 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 captioned photo is S avicula in error and the previous photo pg 66 captioned S avicula is the true cirrhata; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1589 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;