|Coryhopea Red Martian inflorescence with three flowers|
This orchid is an intergeneric cross between Stanhopea martiana and Coryanthes macrantha var. aureum. There is a lot of hybrid vigor to the plant and it grows large rather quickly. The flowers don’t open fully and are best viewed from below. They are quite spectacular to look at and have been described as alien looking. The fragrance of the flowers is rather similar to cherry cough syrup or cherry cola. This is a very agreeable fragrance indeed. There are two leaves per pseudobulb. The leaves are lanceolate in shape 18 to 19 inches (45.7 to 48.3 cm) long, and 3.0 to 4.25 inches (7.6 to 10.8 cm) wide.
|Coryhopea Red Martian flower |
photographed from below
|Coryhopea Red Martian with |
human heart shaped buds