Friday, June 26, 2009

Stanhopea tigrina almost blooming

Stanhopea tigrina - Photo by Richard LindbergStanhopea tigrina - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Stanhopea (Stan) contains 55 species growing from Mexico, through Central America and South America.

Stanhopea tigrina grows in Mexico at about 2000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant and blooms in the summer and fall. The flowers are pendant and last only 3 to 5 days.

I have had this plant for several years but it didn't bloom until it got in the greenhouse. What was I thinking, growing a stanhopea in the house, you may wonder.

Stanhopea tigrina buds ready to pop open

I have been wanting to photograph buds as they open but there was no practical place to put the camera. It needs to be set up on the tripod and not moved all day without getting wet.

This year I have the plant hanging near the greenhouse door. I have it rotated just right for a good view. I have a place outside the greenhouse door to take the pictures. The picture above is the last photo from yesterday.

When I have the photos my plan is to convert the sequence into a flash slide show. I'll cross that bridge later, but for now, today is a day of greenhouse work punctuated by taking pictures.

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