Here is one of the rarest Stanhopea species - Stanhopea deltoidea. It flowered early this morning and I am delighted to see this stanhopea in flower. I’ve been waiting for quite a while to see this Stanhopea orchid blooming and this season it decided to reveal it’s beauty.
|Stanhopea deltoidea 1|
|Stanhopea deltoidea 2|
Because of it’s extreme rarity not much information available about this specie - we know that it was first named by Lemaire back in 1862 from the plant imported by Riedel from Peru, and that there is a drawing by Pastorelli showing in detail this beautiful orchid.
The plant and the flower is of the medium size and the blooms heavily spotted with burgundy colored blotches with yellow middle. The scent is very interesting - it’s very “fresh” smelling blooms with the background of grassy, herbal undertones. There is a bit of sweetness in the scent, but it's not strong or overpowering. Overall, very “clean” , refreshing, invigorating kind of scent.
It’s a beautiful, very rare special stanhopea for anyone who appreciates these orchids and I am thrilled at being able to see this remarkable orchid in bloom this season.