Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Stanhopea embreei in bloom

Stanhopea embreei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Stanhopea (Stan) contains 55 species growing from Mexico, through Central America and South America.

Stanhopea embreei grows in western Ecuador in shaded cloud forests. It is cold to warm growing, fragrant, and blooms in spring and early summer.

I got a small plant off of a raffle table four years ago. I was just starting my "I bet I could mount that" phase and it was growing in a single direction. I placed it on a piece of bark and I was amazed when it bloomed the first year.

It has bloomed every year. It is growing slowly adding only one new growth a year. I don't really know if that is normal growth or slower than normal, but works well from my point of view. It will still be a few years before it outgrows the mount.

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