Stanhopea whittenii Soto Arenas, Salazar & G.Gerlach 2002 publ. 2003 SUBGENUS Stanhopea SECTION Wardii

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Photos by Guenther Gerlach


Common Name Whitten's Stanhopea [American Botanist in Florida current]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize in lowland and lower montane rainforests at elevations around 300 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid, rugose pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, 3 to 5 nerved, elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing below intothe elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a basal, pendent, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence enveloped by wide ovate-lanceolate, obtuse, subacute bracts and ovate-lanceolate, acute to subacute floral bracts and carrying [eucalyptis] fragrant, simultaneously opening flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 679 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018