Stanhopea napoensis Dodson 1975 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Stanhopea Photo courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids

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Common Name The Rio Napo Stanhopea [River In Ecuador]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador near Napo at elevations around 400 meters in very wet montane forests at elevations of 400 to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome, pyriform, sulcate, dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, large elliptic, plicate leaf that gradually narrows below into the elongate, channeled petiolate towards the base and blooms in the springon a basal, 5" [to 12.5 cm] long, few flowered [2 to 5] inflorescence arising on a amature pseudobulb and enveloped completely by large, inflated chartaceous bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 494 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide

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