Thursday, July 2, 2009

Finally, Stanhopea tigrina in bloom

Stanhopea tigrina  - Photo by Richard Lindberg

I have watched Stanhopea tigrina flowers open before but I never really WATCHED them as I did this time. I saw all the phases of bud development.

I didn't see the actual opening. I looked at the buds at 6am and when I went out at a little after 9am they were both open.

The fragrance of these flowers is amazing. Even just after opening, the greenhouse was full of the wonderful spicy smell.

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