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Stanhopea tigrina Upside Down Orchid


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How about this for an orchid. Stanhopea tigrina orchid has a special relationship with its pollination bee. I have tried to mimic its pollination. Fingers cross. It is native to the area from Mexico to NW Argentina up to a hight of about 2000 feet, which means it can grow in a cool place. But it is also sensitive to temperature changes and often aborts its flowers if conditions are not stable.
Each of its pseudobulbs has one long, plicate, elliptic leaf.
More often than not they flower out of the bottom of the container in which they grow, which makes them ideally suited to culture in baskets that have large enough open space for the inflorescence push through.
They are sometimes called upside-down orchids.
It has very complex and potently fragrant flowers that are generally spectacular, but only live for a few days. The scent is very strong, heady chocolately vanilla.
Its pollination is effected by bees, which in order to get to the nectar, enters through the side between the column and the very fleshy labellum. The bee is then forced to leave through the front of the flower taking the pollinia which gets attached to the bees back, to the next flower thereby ensuring cross pollination. When Stanhopea tigrina flowers have opened because you can smell the flowers from a great distant.

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