Stanhopea ruckeri Lindl. 1843 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii Photo courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids

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Common Name Rucker's Stanhopea [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 3 1/4" [8 cm]

Found from Puebla, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in wet montane forests as a fragrant, medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid, ribbed, dark green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several dry sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ribbed, plicate, elliptic, gradually narrows below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a pendant, racemose, several [4 to 7] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that is subtended by large chartaceous bracts.

Synonyms Stanhopea x ruckeri Ldl. 1963

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 2 1963 photo/drawing; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1185 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Oasis Vol 1 No 3 2000 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 4 2000 photo; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1094 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide

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