Saturday, April 19, 2008

Stanhopea Ecornuta

Well, it’s quite late in the season, but my Stanhopea Ecornuta flowering now. This is very interesting and rather rare variety from Costa Rica. This stanhopea variety classified as “primitive” or “hornless” stanhopea, due to its twin flowers facing each other. The trick with this variety is not to plant its bulbs deep in the orchid compost and to plant it high up so it can send its very short flower spike very close to the bulb. The flowers will open up very close to the base of the plant. The scent of this Stanhopea is strong spicy and even though flowers appear delicate, they are quite hard and waxy. Beautiful addition to any Stanhopea collection, especially since its one of late flowering Stanhopea’s.

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