Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stanhopea tigrina

Stanhopea tigrina rootball, new growth and spikes

Stanhopea tigrina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI don't like to say that I have a favorite orchid, but I have my Stanhopea tigrina hanging where I can keep and eye on it and I worry that it might get too dry in winter. When new growth or spikes appear it is an exciting moment. Both are in process right now. You can see a spike and there are others around the rootball. And new growth as well.

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

Normally I try to have my plant picture of what the plant looks like now, but in 2008 I had a lot of flowers open all at once and I just love that picture. It would be really impossible to show the whole plant well in any event.

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