Friday, October 26, 2012

Southland Orchid Show 2012

Stanhopea jenischiana with four
flowers on the inflorescence
A well grown Stanhopea jenischiana  was exhibited by Joe Kles of the Riverside/San Bernardino Counties Orchid Society during the Southland Orchid Show at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, California. The orchid had perfect timing and was in bud for the setup of the show. The morning of show judging the flowers opened and the plant was awarded a blue ribbon. Congradulations Joe!

Stanhopea jenischiana exhibiting
 the narrow upper hypochile
This Stanhopea is rather easy to distinguish from some of the other species due to the narrow upper hypochile.  It is very thin where it joins the petals and sepals.  I could not detect much of a fragrance off this flower, perhaps because it was surrounded by several other fragrant orchids!  The flowers stayed open all three days of the show, so the public was able to enjoy them as well.


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