Stanhopea tigrina – 365 days of orchids – day 940

The greenhouse we left this morning is filled with the scent of Stanhopeas. These wonderful orchids attract male euglossine bees to gather perfume to attract females.

Stanhopea tigrina is a warm growing epiphytic species found in Mexico. It is a medium sized plant which produces a single leaf from each pseudobulb and produces a large pendulous flower spike. The flower spike carries 2-3 large pendulous flowers which are heavily scented and only last 2 days. Our plant in flower at the moment is the nigroviolacea variety, which has flowers which are more heavily marked than the normal variety but are no less fragrant.


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