Saturday, September 22, 2012

Stanhopea tigrina

I took my Stanhopea tigrina out of the greenhouse for this picture. It is a pretty big plant with perhaps fourty pseudobulbs. It usually blooms in August but this year the new growth is just now starting and no sign of spikes yet. It has put on quite a show in past years. In the picture below, there were four spikes open at the same time. The orchid society never got to see that, of course, since the flowers only last a very sort time.

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

Stanhopea 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.

It may be time to break up the plant and start with a new 5-pseudobulb lead division. Not right now, but I'll put it on my list of activities for April or May.

1 comment:

  1. Love love love Stanhopeas! I have an oculata that won't bloom for me...your tigrina looks great!