Stanhopea gibbosa Rchb. f. 1869


Photo by Andy Phillips and Andy's Orchids Website


Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Common Name The Humped Stanhopea

Flower Size 4 1/2" to 5" [9 to 10 cm]

Found as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at 500 to 1500 meters in elevation in NIcaragua, Costa Rica and Panama on shady trunks and lower branches in wet, tropical lowland rainforests that has pyriform to ovoid, strongly sulcate pseudobulbs with a single apical, coriaceous, obovate, plicate, ribbed, gradually narrows below into the elongate, petiolate base, elliptic-obovate leaf that blooms in the summer on a pendant, racemose, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, few [3] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with large, chartaceous bracts and vanilla scented flowers.

Synonyms Stanhopea carchiensis Dodson 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1868 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 38 No 3 1974 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1182 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1592 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; *Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 as S carchiensis drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #3 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 pollinia only photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo fide;