Stanhopea anfracta Rolfe 1904 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii

Photo courtesy of Rod Rice

FragranceFull shadeWarm to Cool SpringSummer

Common Name The Bent Stanhopea

Flower Size 3 1/4" [8 cm]

A medium sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte from the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia found in the lower levels of very wet cloud forest on the eastern slopes at elevations around 700 to 1400 meters with ovoid, sulcate pseudobulbs topped with a single, apical, elliptic, plicate, acuminate, coriaceous, dark green leaf that gradually narrows below into a channeled petiole and flowers on a pendant, 4 1/2" [12 cm] long, few to several [7 to 13] flowered inflorescence aising on a mature pseudobulb and having several, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate sheaths and subsimilar floral bracts which occurs in the summer in nature and spring in cultivation. Text by Rod Rice--This species tends to always produce a rather large eye spot on the hypochile, where just below the eye spot, the hypochile is sharply kinked forming a sort of u shape from a lateral view.

Synonyms Stanhopea wardii Lodd ex Lindl. var venusta Rolfe 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 491 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 574 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 drawing fide; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #9 2012 photo fide;