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Stanhopea oculata

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by goods, May 10, 2016.

  1. goods

    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    This is another plant I received from Kelly not all that long ago. He mentioned there may be spikes when he sent it, and low and behold, it's now blooming pretty spectacularly. I find it interesting that this doesn't look a lot like the other oculata pictures around. It has the ocelli but not the spotted pattern that seems to be present on the petals and sepals of most clones. I also took out the GoPro and have video footage of the last two buds opening...pretty cool! I need to find out how to upload and post that later on tonight.

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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It may not be oculata. There are one or two others that look very similar but I don't remember the names now. I received it as oculata but we all know how that goes.

    I'm glad it bloomed for you. I find it to be very forgiving, at least with the amount of light. I have grown it bright and shady and both ways have done fine.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Perhaps S. frymirei?
     
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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Could be that one, and searching for S. frymirei (I hadn't heard of that species) led me to S. embreei, which seems to be more readily available than frymirei and has a bloom season that better matches this time of year. I thought maybe this one may just be confused by the move, but you posted pictures of one that looks just like this one on April 25 of last year. Because of that, I think this is the correct timing for a blooming.

    Here are some links from Atlanta Botanic Gardens. It looks like they grow S. frymirei and embreei:

    http://www.theorchidcolumn.com/2012/06/sweet-fragrance-of-stanhopea.html
    http://www.theorchidcolumn.com/2012/11/openings-stanhopea-frymirei.html
    http://www.theorchidcolumn.com/2015/10/stanhopea-embreei_19.html