Stanhopea inodora Lodd. ex Lindl. 1845 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii

Photo by © Andy Phillips and Andy's Orchids Website

var alba

Photo by © Eric Hunt

Flower closeup

Photo by © Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Odorless Stanhopea [A Misnomer as it does smell]

Flower Size 4 3/4" [12 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize and Nicaragua in wet montane forests on trees at elevations of 800 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial along roads on steep banks with ribbed, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several dry sheaths and carrying a single, apical, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, gradually narrows below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf and blooms on a pendulous, several to many [to 10] flowered inflorescence occuring in the spring and summer with showy, fragrant flowers.

Many sources place this taxon within S ruckeri but I have left them separate for now.

SynonymsStanhopea ruckeri var.speciosa Lemaire 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1870 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1183 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Oasis Vol 1 No 4 2000; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 12 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo fide;

Stanhopea inodora Rchb.f. var alba 1870 Photo by Patricia Harding

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 11 1988 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo fide; Caesiana 21 Stanhopea Part 1 Jenny 2003 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #3 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018