Stanhopea napoensis Dodson 1975 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Stanhopea

Photo courtesy of Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids


Common Name The Rio Napo Stanhopea [River In Ecuador]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador near Napo at elevations around 400 meters in very wet montane forests at elevations of 400 to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a short rhizome, pyriform, sulcate, dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, large elliptic, plicate leaf that gradually narrows below into the elongate, channeled petiolate towards the base and blooms in the springon a basal, 5" [to 12.5 cm] long, few flowered [2 to 5] inflorescence arising on a amature pseudobulb and enveloped completely by large, inflated chartaceous bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 494 Dodson 1980 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #10 2010 photo fide;