|Stanhopea shuttleworthii buds glowing |
in the morning sun, 2 days from opening.
|Stanhopea shuttleworthii with 5 inflorescences|
|Stanhopea shuttleworthii hypochile detail|
The fragrance of S. shuttleworthii is difficult to describe. Some people say it smells like mothballs, others say it smells like an expensive perfume. The fragrance shifts a bit, first smelling similar to vanilla when the flowers first open, later a combination of sweet mothballs and a light lemon scent. After the flower has been open for a few hours, the fragrance reminds me of lemon meringue. Most people find the fragrance rather pleasing and a good combination.
One of my first attempts to capture Stanhopeas flowering. The difficulty is making sure you are up early enough to have the equipment running in order to capture all the movements of the buds opening ;-)