Thursday, January 3, 2008

Stanhopea Nigroviolacea

The flowers of my Stanhopea Nigroviolacea opened up this morning. This one is one beautiful Stanhopea’s native to Central America. This variety remains popular with collectors since its discovery in 1838 in Mexican tropical forests. This variety producing spectacular burgundy/cream highly perfumed chocolate/vanilla scented, waxy flowers. The scent is very strong and penetrates the whole house, some people find it even overbearing, but I love its chocolate/vanilla smell. This variety was the very first of my Stanhopea’s, it’s the one that started “stanhopea fever” for me. More than 20 years on and its still rewarding me with its majestic flowers every summer without fail.

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