Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Stanhopea tigrina

Stanhopea tigrina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergStanhopea tigrina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe next big space hog is Stanhopea tigrina. I have had the plant for ten years. It has grown from a half a dozen pseudobulb division to a massive rootball supported by nylon cord. My "Stanhope on a rope". I don't want to do anything to it just now because it is about to start blooming.

Stanhopea tigrina - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

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. The genus Stanhopea (Stan) contains 55 species growing from Mexico, through Central America and South America.

Stanhopea tigrina - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant has grown around the rope and the effect is good. Three strands of yellow nylon going down to the top of the plant with pseudobulbs all over. This picture is from three or four years ago when there were four spikes open at the same time. It is quite a dramatic effect.

This year the buds are a different stages so that there is a chance that one will be open for an orchid society meeting "Show and Tell".

I don't know just yet what I will do with this plant. The ball is very tight and the rhizomes short so there won't be any large divisions. I want to have one, but perhaps I should go back to a small division and let it grow out again.


  1. Some space hogs are worth the space they occupy.

  2. This is one of the most lovely specimens I've ever seen. It's obviously happy in your care.