Stanhopea hernandezii (Kunth) Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Saccata

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Another View of Flower Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers en situ in Mexico

Another en situ aspect Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name Hernandez' Stanhopea [Spanish Botanist in Mexico late 1800's

Flower Size 3 3/4 to 4 3/4" [9 to 11 cm]

Found in Morelos, Mexico, Michoacan and Guerrero states of Mexico at elevations of 1700 to 2250 meters usually on sloping rocks as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing occasional epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte that has obliquely ovoid-conical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious sheaths and carrying asingle, apical, oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, shortly petiolate, plicate leaves that has large fragrant, waxy flowers on a pendulous, stout, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with several papery, spotted sheathing bracts occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms *Anguloa hernandezii Kunth 1822; Stanhopea cavendishii Lindl. ex Barker ?; Stanhopea devoniana Hort. ex Henshall 1845; Stanhopea devoniensis Lindl. 1838; Stanhopea expansa hort. ex Lodd. 1844; Stanhopea lyncea (Lindl.) P.N. Don 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as S devoniensis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S devoniensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 2 1963 photo/Drawing as S devonensis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S devoniensis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 12 1993 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 674 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide;