Stanhopea saccata Bateman 1839 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Saccata

Photos by Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

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Plant and Flower

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Common Name The Sack-Shaped Stanhopea

Flower Size 4" to 4 3/4" [10 to 12 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized, hot growing epiphytic species found on trees in open humid oak-pine forest at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters with oval, strongly ribbed and furrwoed with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, coarse, leathery, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a pendant, one to few flowered, 10" [25 cm] long inflorescence subtended by large, triangular, acute, chartaceous bracts and flowers that smell of orange or cinnamon occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Stanhopea elegantula Rolfe 1910; Stanhopea saccata var. pallida hort.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1838 drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 2 1963 photo/drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Hamer Vol 2 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 Orchidaceae Mc Vaugh 1985; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 #2 1994; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 73 No 4 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #9 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #2 2013 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018