Stanhopea reichenbachiana (Roezl ex Rchb. f.) Roezl ex Rchb. f. 1879 SUBGENUS Candida Photo courtesy ofGreg Allikas and his Orchid Photo Page

Side View Of Flower Photo courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids

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Common Name Reichenbach's Stanhopea [German Orchid Botanist and Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 3.6 to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Colombia at elevations of 500 to 1000 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte occuring in wet forests, in wet, inaccessible rainforest and on deforested cliffbanks with ovate, strongly ribbed and furrowed with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, coarse, leathery, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a basal, pendulous, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence subtended by large, chartaceous, oblong ovate bracts and has a spicy sweet smell to the large, porcelain white flowers..

Synonyms Stanhopea amesiana hort. 1893; Stanhopea lowii Rolfe; Stanhopea lowii var. amesiana hort. ex Sander; Stanhopea suavis Ospina

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 1 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide;

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