Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Stanhopea embreei

Stanhopea embreei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergStanhopea embreei - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI was surprised this week to see buds on my Stanhopea embreei. It has been blooming at the end of July and when it didn't I assumed it wasn't going to. It was in a new, less bright location so I blamed it on light level.

Stanhopea embreei grows in western Ecuador in shaded cloud forests. It is cold to warm growing, fragrant, and blooms in spring and early summer. The genus Stanhopea (Stan) contains 55 species growing from Mexico, through Central America and South America.

I got it at the raffle table at San Francisco Orchid Society in 2005. I mounted it and it has grown and bloomed every year. It is not the prettiest plant I have but still interesting to watch over the course of the year.


  1. Do you think that leaf tip die back could be the result of over fertilization? Might be something to consider.

  2. Over fertilization is always worth considering with black tips. I really don't think so, since I don't fertilize often enough and when I do it is quite weak.