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Stanhopea tigrina (?)

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    Default Stanhopea tigrina (?)

    POSSIBLY Stanhopea tigrina, could be var nigriviolacea, although there are arguments as to whether nigriviolacea is a varient or a species on its own.....
    Popped open on Sunday, i was at work, but mum reckons she could hear it from the kitchen! She said she thought someone had let off a party popper or cap gun!

    Flowers are about the size of my hand, and the first one on the spike aborted before it opened
    I reckon it smells faintly of chocolate, because the chocolate smell is overpowered by the incredibly heady aroma that reminds me of a heavy womans perfume, possibly Gucci or Prada....

    Thanks HEAPS to Ted (tednz) who bought this all the way from Masterton for me Cheers mate!


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    Jordy, that is a beauty! I love it!! I think I heard it pop, too from across the pond

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Jordy, that is a beauty! I love it!! I think I heard it pop, too from across the pond
    I thought i heard a pop at work about 1pm, thats when mum reckons it opened

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    rattled the dishes in my cabinets

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    That is awesome and so is Tednz for sharing such a lovely orchid with you! Bravo!

    cheers,
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    oh good lord...I DONT HAVE ROOM FOR ONE OF THESE!!! ive got to stop lookin at yalls pics!
    fantastic flower and fantastic friend!

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    Beautiful flower, Jordie! That would be something to be able to say to someone that you heard the bud popping open.

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    Wow!!!! Jordan, this must be an overwhelming experience to be up close and personal. I would opt for tigrina over nig. With your use of chocolate as a description of its fragrance, this makes me opt for Tig. The fragrance is/ should be very overpowering and especially overwhelming in an enclosed setting more so than a vase full of stargazer lillies. As interpretation of fragrance can vary to each sniffer your 'choc' reference and my 'sweet' description would in my memory match. i lost most of my stan collection to a mysterious bacteria/ fungal pathogen but my tigrina and one other? fought back and survived. My tigrina lived in an old 'CAT' work boot for a while but the boot became unsuitable due to age and ware. Tigrinas are tough and have a mature cluster of psbs still in strict isolation. Being a little ignorant of the stans culture early on I must of missed out on a few spikes that must have been aborted due to unsuitable grow culture but hey! still got him and aborting spikes is a very (too easy) decision by the plant and slightest of obstruction e.g gaps not wide enough base of container) and bam, its a gonner. Mine will be cultured mounted when our photoperiod lengthens and spring returns.

    The Nig. in my (not) thorough comparisons have the deep blood red colour breaking up into finer surface pattern as it radiates outwards but as u said -species, var.?????? The fragrance is weak compared to tigs.

    Quite an anti climax unfortunately in the blooms longevity, those euglossia bees must have noses of sniffer dogs, yet the strong fragrance falls into the equation here racing against little time., and the space required can conflict in stans vegative state esp when browsing new acquisitions. Its a love it or hate it abit i think esp wher space is concerned. Very little amazes me as much as this bloomin plant. Exploit its blooms' ephemeral existence.

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    It's wonderful, Jordan...Looks like some kind of alien creature! Really nice...Betty

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    Lookin good! Can you post a pic or the whole plant? I'd like to get an idea of it's size...so many people say that stans are 'too large'.
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