Stanhopea horichiana Jenny 1988


Inflorescence from Below Photos by Kelvin Bush

Common Name Horich's Stanhopea [German Orchid Collector late 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at an elevation around 125 to 350 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte and is a naturally occuring hybrid between S wardii and S ecornuta. The species consists of ovate, strongly ribbed and furrowed with age pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, plicate, lanceoalte, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on basal, pendent, to 4" [to 10 cm] long, normally 2 flowered inflorescence enveloped by large, spread, broadly triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Caesiana Vol 22 Stanhopea Part 2 Jenny 2004 drawing/photo fide;