Stanhopea costaricensis Rchb. f 1860 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii Photo by Eric Hunt and Orchid Photo Website

Alba variety Photo by Kusibab

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Common Name The Costa Rican Stanhopea

Flower Size 4 to 4 3/4" [10 to 12 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in shady, tropical, evergreen cloud forests low on tree trunks and lower branches at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with pyriform to ovoid, sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by fibrous bracts with a single, coriaceous, plicate, gradually narrows below into the elongate, channeled petiolate base, elliptic-ovate leaf that blooms on a lateral, pendant, 8 to 10 " [20 to 25 cm] long inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb, subtended by inflated imbricate bracts and has 3 to 7, fragrant flowers which have the scent of vanilla occuring in the late spring and early summer.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 50. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 227. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 3 1974 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1180 Dodson 1984 drawing hmm; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 drawing/photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1590 Atwood 1993 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 3 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No5 2003 photo; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide;

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