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Stanhopea sp.

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    Default Stanhopea sp.

    This spike had had 5 blooms, but one bud was damaged by university staff, so we're down to four. You can see there's another spike on the way.

    Strong scent—somewhere between vapo-rub flavored cotton candy and pine + mint-vanilla latté. Or at least those were the two best descriptions I could come up with.

    If anyone can advise me on whether this is S. oculata or S. inodora (the spotted form), I'd greatly appreciate it!







    It's such a distinctively airy bloom, I thought it would be nice to take a picture against the open sky.




    Here we're looking at the blooms directly from below. I wanted to get a view of these four dots—very distinctive, but not very noticeable from other angles. And it's an interesting view since, from here, Stanhopea actually look a bit like other orchids!


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    Wow. Beautiful flower and I love that last shot.

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    true, last shot could be a cross of cym and pahl?

    good shots!

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    Very nice shots, and stanhopeas are really fascinating. Both oculata and inodora look very similar. I do believe that the blotches on oculata are somewhat darker than inodora, but that's a generality and I think you would need more expert opinion on this subject

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    i'm actually currently reading the book "The Astonishing Stanhopes" by Barney Greer who is one othe the pre-eminent growers of this genus in Australia.

    Anyways, on his description for S. oculata he states the following "it is recognisable by the slender bent hypochile with a clear internal right angle". The hyphocile is the part of your flower which is yellow with the eye spot and then becomes whoter closer to the 'horns'

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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72 View Post
    i'm actually currently reading the book "The Astonishing Stanhopes" by Barney Greer who is one othe the pre-eminent growers of this genus in Australia.

    Anyways, on his description for S. oculata he states the following "it is recognisable by the slender bent hypochile with a clear internal right angle". The hyphocile is the part of your flower which is yellow with the eye spot and then becomes whoter closer to the 'horns'
    Oh, cool! This points towards oculata, I think. Here's a picture of the interior of the hypochile from the last time this plant bloomed:


    S. oculata (or inodora)

    Now, compare that to this S. embreei:

    S. embreei

    or this S. ruckeri (syn. inodora):

    S. ruckeri

    It's harder to tell in the last picture, but I think it's probably fair to say that the species in question, compared to the other two, has a more slender hypochile with a more severe internal angle.

    Thanks! Any further thoughts are welcome.

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    Lovely blooms! This species has been on my wishlist and need to get one stanhopea soon!

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    Wow!

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