Stanhopea impressa Rolfe 1898 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION WardiiPhoto courtesy of Rudolf Jenny

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Impressing Stanhopea

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

A small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial on steep embankments that is found in southern Colombia and western Ecuador in wet montane forests on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters with ribbed, dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single, plicate, broadly elliptic, acute, gradually narrows below into the elongate, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a basal, pendant, racemose, 13" [32.5 cm] long, few to several [3 to 9] flowered inflorescence enveloped by large, chartaceous bracts and arising on a mature pseudobulb.

MAny sources place this taxon as a synonym of S gibbosa but I have left them separtae for now.

Synonyms Stanhopea carchiensis hort. ex Whitten 1992; Stanhopea carchiensis Dodson 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as S gibbosa not!, IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 321 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Colombia COS Vol 4 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 1 1993 photo fide; Native Orchids of Colombia COS Vol 6 COS photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 as S carchiensis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo as S carchiensis fide; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide

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