Stanhopea frymirei: Frymire’s Stanhopea Orchid

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Flower Size 6″ [15 cm]

Stanhopea frymirei  is found in Western Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations of 50 to 500 meters on the summits of coastal mountains. Its dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single elongate petiolate base leaf. Blooms on a pendant, racemose, 12″ [30 cm] long, 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence partially enveloped by large chartaceous bracts with large, fragrant flowers.

Stanhopea is a genus of tropical American orchids pollinated by fragrance-collecting Euglossine bees. Read: How Stanhopea flowers work.

Photo: Orchid Display HouseAtlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]

Source: www.orchidspecies.com

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