Stanhopea saccata Bateman 1839 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Saccata Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Dale Borders

Plant and Flower Photo by David Morris and Clackamas Orchids


Common Name The Sack-Shaped Stanhopea

Flower Size 4" to 4 3/4" [10 to 12 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized, hot growing epiphytic species found on trees in open humid oak-pine forest at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters with oval, strongly ribbed and furrwoed with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, coarse, leathery, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a pendant, one to few flowered, 10" [25 cm] long inflorescence subtended by large, triangular, acute, chartaceous bracts and flowers that smell of orange or cinnamon occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Stanhopea elegantula Rolfe 1910; Stanhopea saccata var. pallida hort.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1838 drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 2 1963 photo/drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Hamer Vol 2 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 Orchidaceae Mc Vaugh 1985; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 photo/drawing; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 4 2008 photo; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide