Stanhopea ospinae Dodson 1972 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii

Another Angle Photo by Dick Hartley Foxdale Orchids


Common Name Ospina's Stanhopea [Berta Ospina Colombian presidential wife late 1900's]

Flower Size 3.2 to 3.6" [8 to 9 cm]

Found in Colombia in moist cloud forests at elevations of 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with oval, strongly ribbed and furrowed with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, plicate, erect, coarse, leathery, lanceolate,, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer with a pendent, basal, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, loosely 5 to 7 flowered inflorescence enveloped by large, well spread, broadly triangular, acute floral bracts and carryuing fragrant flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 1 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo good;