Stanhopea hernandezii (Kunth) Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Saccata

Photo by Patricia Harding

Another View of Flower

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Plant and Flowers in situ in Mexico

Another in situ aspect

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Common Name Hernandez' Stanhopea [Spanish Botanist in Mexico late 1800's

Flower Size 3 3/4 to 4 3/4" [9 to 11 cm]

Found in Morelos, Mexico, Michoacan and Guerrero states of Mexico at elevations of 1700 to 2250 meters usually on sloping rocks as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing occasional epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte that has obliquely ovoid-conical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious sheaths and carrying asingle, apical, oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, shortly petiolate, plicate leaves that has large fragrant, waxy flowers on a pendulous, stout, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with several papery, spotted sheathing bracts occuring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms *Anguloa hernandezii Kunth 1822; Stanhopea cavendishii Lindl. ex Barker ?; Stanhopea devoniana Hort. ex Henshall 1845; Stanhopea devoniensis Lindl. 1838; Stanhopea expansa hort. ex Lodd. 1844; Stanhopea lyncea (Lindl.) P.N. Don 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as S devoniensis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S devoniensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 2 1963 as S devonensis photo/Drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S devoniensis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 #12 1993 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 674 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #3 2006 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #2 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #10 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018