Sunday, July 25, 2010

Stanhopea embreei

When I got home from the retreat I was greeted by an amazing fragrance of Stanhopea embreei flowers. I had been watching the buds develop and I am happy that I only missed one day of these beautiful and interesting flowers. They will be open for about 5 days and then will be gone.

The 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 it at the raffle table at the San Francisco Orchid Society five years ago. I thought it was a seedling but it bloomed the first year and has bloomed every year since. This year there are only four flowers, fewer than last year. I believe it is because winter was dryer than usual in the greenhouse. It can be a challenge to get watering right for a variety of plants in different seasons.


  1. Very cool. I have three Stanhopeas, jenischiana, wardii and pamanensis - none have bloomed for me yet.

  2. I like Stanhopea's, beautyful flowers