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unidentified Stanhopea at least by me

This is a discussion on unidentified Stanhopea at least by me within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I got this a few years ago as Stanhopea occulata but it doesn't look like ...

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    Default unidentified Stanhopea at least by me

    I got this a few years ago as Stanhopea occulata but it doesn't look like it at all-so I've been at a loss as to what it is.I've checked out lots of pics but still haven't found out what it maybe other than a stanhopea
    This was taken with my old camera without many pixels so it's not the best.I'm going to update it when it comes into bloom this year.I'm seeing a spike now.
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    That is a wild one. This is going to sound odd but it reminds me of a hummingbird at a flower, especially w/ that pink "eye" it looks as though it is drinking from a flower. Maybe just me but, still...Neat!

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    It does look very much like a hummer drinking nectar! I'm glad you pointed that out, Heather, good eye!

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    Yes to both of you!I had posted this on another site a long time ago & I mentioned that it looked like a bird sipping nectar & so many thought I was nuts when they asked me what I meant by a bird sipping nectar
    So if I'm nuts-- I now have company
    I was told that this maybe stan.inodora--pale form since no spots.Last year the squirrels ate my 2 spikes before they bloomed so this year I'm putting it where they can't reach under the overhang of house when the spike gets a tad longer.

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    Do you think that is some sort of bird attraction system that the plant evolved?

    I think its the others who are nuts, we're all definitely sane around here!

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    You're definitely in the right company.

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    That's awesome! I never thought of looking at that lip as if it were a bird, and now that I see it that way, I don't think I'll ever be able to look at it differently--kind of like that optical illusion where it's either the profile of a face or some kind of vase, but never both at the same time. Definitely good eye, Heather!

    Jane, I've only grown two Stanhopeas, so can't help you with ID...sorry!

    (I just went back to the Stanhopea pic I posted on here eighteen decades ago, and mine doesn't look like a bird feeding at all. The blooms still just look like big old slimy monsters with eyes.)

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    I don't know the first thing about stanhopeas, but I do like that flower!

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    Yep, I see a bird,too! So, I guess we are all "looney" birds! Beautiful stanhopea!

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    I think it is the cleanest look Stan. I have ever seen. Some of them look like creatures from outer space.

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