Fairly Easy Orchids – Stanhopea Oculata
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I define “fairly easy” orchids as those that, while suitable for a beginner, may not be quite as tolerant of less than ideal conditions as the “easy” orchids.
Of all the variants found among the orchids, one of the most curious genera is Stanhopea. This species, found in 1764 in Central and South America, is typical of the genus with its four to six huge, expressive blooms held underneath the plant on a vertical flower spike. The heavily spotted petals and sepals are drawn back to expose the waxy lip and column. At the base of the lip are two dark “eyes” which guide the pollinating insect. These extraordinary blooms will only last for three days, during which time they emit a strong perfume. The plant has pseudobulbs that produce a solitary, tough broad leaf; it also makes a strong root system. Like Stanhopea Assidensis, this orchid will suit most indoor temperatures but needs to be grown in a slatted wooden basket suspended in good light!
Flower Size: 4 inches (10cm) across
Flower Spike: 6 inches (15cm)
Plant Height: 1 foot (30cm)
Basket Size: 6 inches (15cm)
Stanhopea Oculata photo credit: cskk via http://www.flickr.com/photos/cskk/4331363639/