Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stanhopea saccata

Stanhopea saccata blooming in the greenhouse.  Every now and then I threaten to get rid of all those huge Stanhopea specimens I have to let some light into the greenhouse; at least until something blooms and then I remember why I grow these magnificent, fragrant orchids.  Stanhopea saccata hails from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in mixed oak/pine forest from around 1,000-5,000 ft.  This one has been growing for a while but never bloomed until I ran it dry in the Winter and poof, big beautiful flowers.  Go figure.

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