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  • Stanhopea deltoidea - very rare beauty!

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 24, 2021 | 22:34 pm

    Stanhopea deltoidea - very rare beauty!  Here is one of the rarest Stanhopea species - Stanhopea deltoidea. It flowered early this morning and I am delighted to see this stanhopea in flower. I’ve been waiting for quite a while to see this Stanhopea orchid blooming and this season it decided to reveal it’s beauty.Stanhopea deltoidea 1Stanhopea deltoidea 2Because of it’s extreme rarity not much information available about this specie - we know that it was first named by Lemaire back in 1862 from the plant imported by Riedel from Peru, and that there is a drawing by Pastorelli showing in detail this beautiful orchid.The plant and[…]

  • Our New Stanhopea flowering season

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 17, 2020 | 23:42 pm

    Our New Stanhopea flowering season Here are we are right in the middle of our stanhopea’s flowering season now and all of my plants displaying their much awaited flamboyant blooms. The greenhouse filled with unmistaken scent of these special orchids and Nature continue to delight me with beauty of these exclusive blooms.This summer been very difficult for the whole country with bushfires and so much loss on so many levels that its difficult to comprehend the scale of distraction but here we are witnessing the strong sense of community and the Australian spirit of 'never giving up' in the face of such devastation and adversity.[…]

  • Stanhopea intermedia

    Essence of Stanhopea Feb 23, 2019 | 05:16 am

    Stanhopea intermedia Stanhopea intermedia1I am delighted to see this specie in flower this season. It came to me some time ago and  I’ve been patiently waiting for it to bloom.It’s one of extra ordinary stanhopea’s that is so difficult to find and even rare to see blooming and it have very colorful history. It was first imported in 1885 by orchid collector Wolter from Germany together with other stanhopea species from Mexico. From his collection, one of the stanhopea intermedia plants was given to the orchid collection of the Botanical Garden of St.Petersburg in Russia. The plant took it’s time to flower and[…]

  • Stanhopea oculata x self (Brazil)

    Essence of Stanhopea Feb 8, 2019 | 05:06 am

    Stanhopea oculata x self (Brazil) Stanhopea oculata x self (Brazil)This specie is one of the largest in the whole stanhopea tribe with so many variations and probably in the future should be split into many sub-groups.The native growing area encompasses from Mexico through Central America to Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil. Due to such a vast area of native growing oculata orchids can differ immensely in colors, size, fragrance,  even pollinators. If one adds to it natural hybrids, native back-crosses etc - oculata specie as it stands now always showing very high degree of variability. This stanhopea oculata plant came to me some years ago labeled[…]

  • New 2019 Stanhopea flowering season

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 31, 2019 | 18:41 pm

    New 2019 Stanhopea flowering season Our new stanhopea flowering season here fully started now and once again I am surrounded by beautiful stanhopea’s with their flamboyant and mysterious flowers and textures and colors and heavenly scents. Every flowering season is different and I am hopping to see many of my plants in flower, to great and old favorites as well as welcome new for me species, varieties and crosses. My personal collection of stanhopea’s steadily increasing and there is always hope to see new for me flowering stanhopea and to share it’s beauty here in this blog with all friends of stanhopea orchids around the world.[…]

  • Pictures of the beautiful stanhopea orchids

    Essence of Stanhopea May 1, 2018 | 00:42 am

    Pictures of the beautiful stanhopea orchids Our flowering stanhopea season now is over, now I have to wait until next year to see these majestic blooms again. I still have a lot of pictures to feature in this blog for all the Friends of Stanhopea orchids.Stanhopea posadarum1 Stanhopea posadarum2Stanhopea inodora alba1Stanhopea inodora alba2Stanhopea hernandezii 1Stanhopea hernandexii2

  • Stanhopea impressa

    Essence of Stanhopea Apr 16, 2018 | 02:21 am

    Stanhopea impressa Stanhopea impressa1Stanhopea impressa2Stanhopea impressa3 Not long ago one of my stanhopea impressa plants decided to bloom, I’ve been waiting for a while to see it’s beautiful flowers. It’s first was described and documented in 1898 by Rolfe, It’s native to a few selective areas of western slopes of the Andes of Ecuador and in a small area of southern Colombia and grows in a very wet forests. Flowers are large and full , white/yellow color with many red spots on the petals and the scent is strong herbal/ spicy with smell of basil and rosemary and many other strong herbs. Piercing[…]

  • Beautiful stanhopea’s blooms

    Essence of Stanhopea Apr 7, 2018 | 00:44 am

    Beautiful stanhopea’s blooms Incredible flowers, complex intricate structure, heady strong complicated scents - may only flower for a few days but they more interesting in that short time than many other orchids that last for weeks. Nature’s special creations…Stanhopea tigrina var nigro var "Eddon" 1Stanhopea embreei1 Stanhopea Wetley Secret1Stanhopea Wetley Secret2Stanhopea embreei 2  Stanhopea tigrina var nigro var "Eddon" 2    

  • Stanhopea oculata x jenischiana

    Essence of Stanhopea Mar 22, 2018 | 00:57 am

    Stanhopea oculata x jenischiana Stanhopea oculata x jenischiana1Stanhopea oculata x jenischiana 2Stanhopea oculata x jenischiana 3Here is an introduction to a beautiful new stanhopea cross of oculata x  jenischiana. It have very colorful blooms of deep rich yellow with many many dark burgundy colored spots all over the flowers.I’ve had this stanhopea’s seedling for a while, patiently waiting for it to mature and to finally show it’s beauty - because of an outstanding parentage it promised to be a spectacular cross, but of course one does know until it flowers and this one did not disappoint.The plant is of medium size, yet the flowers[…]

  • Embreea rodigasiana

    Essence of Stanhopea Mar 22, 2018 | 00:53 am

    Embreea rodigasiana Huge flowers, mysterious heavy scent reminiscent of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, dramatic color and structure of the blooms and a very close relative of stanhopea’s - this is embreea rodigasiana.Until 1980’s it was part of stanhopea’s range and then been re-classified in the specie of it’s own.This one is not an easy orchid to bring to flower - it demands huge amount of water during it’s growing cycle and strongly dislike change of temperature, making it really difficult during our winter time to look after it properly. If it’s growing requirements not met completely  it just refusing to flower -[…]

  • Stanhopea ruckeri x nigroviolacea

    Essence of Stanhopea Mar 12, 2018 | 23:54 pm

    Stanhopea ruckeri x nigroviolacea Stanhopea ruckeri x nigroviolacea1Stanhopea ruckeri x nigroviolaceaSome time ago a dear friend of ours crossed these two stanhopea orchids - (ruckeri x nigroviolacea) and gave us a few small seedlings. They been growing and maturing, getting stronger and bigger last number of years and finally they flowered this season.It’s a beautiful cross with large showy flowers, very strong, robust plant that produced number of flower spikes with three blooms on each spike. The background colour is creamy/white with many many dark burgundy spots and marks with darker middle. The scent is very complicated with initial vanilla and then strong perfume[…]

  • Stanhopea gibbosa

    Essence of Stanhopea Feb 8, 2018 | 20:16 pm

    Stanhopea gibbosa Stanhopea gibbosa 1Stanhopea gibbosa 2Stanhopea gibbosa 3Stanhopea gibbosa 4Stanhopea gibbosa 5My stanhopea gibbosa finished it’s seasonal flowering not long ago and it’s a delight to see this beauty in bloom.It’s one of the oldest stanhopea species, first described in Gardener’s Chronicle in 1869 by Reichenbach from plant collector Veitch from Chelsea who imported many plants and orchids into Europe at that time. Stanhopea gibbosa is a beautiful stanhopea , very distinct in it’s colouring and deserves it’s place in any stanhopea collection.The flowers are of creamy colour with many purple dots all over the blooms and it have darker colour[…]

  • Flowering stanhopea’s this week

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 19, 2018 | 00:36 am

    Flowering stanhopea’s this week So many flowers, so little time to enjoy them all...Stanhopea Hidden Agenda 1Stanhopea tigrina1Stanhopea tigrina 2Stanhopea tigrina Glory of Mexico 1Stanhopea tigrina Glory of Mexico 2 

  • New stanhopea flowering season started.

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 13, 2018 | 23:27 pm

    New stanhopea flowering season started. Here we are right in the middle of new stanhopea flowering season now. Many of my orchids have flower spikes bringing anticipation of seeing beautiful and majestic flowers soon. Every flowering season is different and brings a lot of surprises - colours, scents, textures. Some of the early flowering stanhopea’s already in bloom and it’s so nice seeing them again in all their glory. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.1px; font: 12.0px Times} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Here are the plants that flowered first this season - Stanhopea Mem Paul Allen1Stanhopea Mem Paul Allen 2Stanhopea Great Expectations 1Stanhopea Great Expectations 2Syanhopea[…]

  • Stanhopea orchids in the wild

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 13, 2018 | 23:25 pm

    Stanhopea orchids in the wild Many stanhopea growers and collectors love to see images of stanhopea orchids growing in the wild.Unfortunately, not many of these pictures available for obvious reasons - the flowering season is short and a chance to encounter flowering stanhopea in the wild is still just that - a chance.Also, it seems rather difficult to find large specimens of stanhopeas in nature that we in the cultivated situations are familiar with - insects, animals, bad weather and other elements in stanhopeas habitats contribute to this. Here just a few images that I was able to find of flowering stanhopeas in their natural[…]

  • Stanhopea posada - new

    Essence of Stanhopea Jan 13, 2018 | 23:23 pm

    Stanhopea posada - new Stanhopea posada 1Stanhopea posada 2Stanhopea posada 3Stanhopea posada 4Quite a number of years ago I’ve acquired few very small stanhopea seedlings labelled as “stanhopea posada - new species from Colombia” . Not much details were given and to this day I have no idea if this actually a new specie or natural hybrid. There is no stanhopea specie registered under this name, so I still don’t know any information about this plant, only that it came from Colombia. The plants were happily growing and maturing and finally this season decided to flower. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.1px; font:[…]

  • Stanhopea orchids end of season flowering

    Essence of Stanhopea Apr 29, 2017 | 21:10 pm

    Stanhopea orchids end of season flowering Our stanhopea’s flowering  season nearly over and here pictures of some of my late flowering blooming plants.I still have a few stanhopea’s in spike, but mostly our stanhopea blooming time is finished. Our weather is very mild at the moment and most of my plants still actively growing developing new leaves and bulbs, getting ready for the next year spectacular flowering.Stanhopea inodora x wardii aurea Stanhopea inodoraStanhopea insignis

  • Stanhopea tricornis orchid

    Essence of Stanhopea Apr 13, 2017 | 21:02 pm

    Stanhopea tricornis orchid This beautiful and rare stanhopea orchid just finished it’s flowering season with me and it’s stanhopea tricornis - rare and unusual form. It’s one of the oldest documented species - the first description of it appeared in 1849 by Lindley from the plant discovered in Peru by famous orchid collector Joseph Warscewicz who worked for Skinner in England at that time.There appears to be a few color variations of this specie and I’ve seen pristine white blooms of stanhopea tricornis as well as creamy color and some like mine with yellow markings on the end of the petals. It’s native[…]

  • Late flowering stanhopea orchids

    Essence of Stanhopea Mar 26, 2017 | 17:53 pm

    Late flowering stanhopea orchids Beautiful blooms later in the seasonStanhopea embreei x wardiiStanhopea Gary BakerStanhopea tigrina

  • This week stanhopea orchids flowers

    Essence of Stanhopea Mar 5, 2017 | 19:44 pm

    This week stanhopea orchids flowers So many beautiful blooms, scents, textures - my flowering season continues.Stanhopea grandiflora x connataStanhopea tigrina var nigroviolaceaStanhopea Inodora x Wardii AureaStanhopea graveolens var aurataStanhopea saccata "Rene"Stanhopea Tigrina x Assidensis



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