This interesting cross just finished its flowering – its stanhopea devoniensis x Assidensis, very old hybrid of two popular stanhopea’s. Technically it’s of course is a triple cross, since stanhopea Assidensis also a cross between stanhopea Tigrina x stanhopea wardii.
Stanhopea devoniensis is very old name for stanhopea hernandezii that was used until early 1900’s and this plant have a lot of characteristics of all of its parents. It’s rather slow growing orchid and it takes it’s time to flower, I’ve had it for a number of years and was looking forward to see it in bloom for a while.
The flowers are large, pale apricot color with a bit darker in the middle with many dark burgundy color spots all over the blooms. The scent is very fruity, sweet and spicy that is very strong and stable and lasts a long time. It’s a beautiful stanhopea to have in one’s collection.