|Stanhopea ruckeri with five inflorescences|
The flowers are 4.5 to 5.5 inches (11.4 to 14.0 cm) wide with several flowers (5-10) on an inflorescence. The inflorescences can be quite long, 9 to 15 inches (22.9 to 38.1 cm) in length. Because the inflorescences are so long, this species can make a very nice specimen placed in a large basket that enables the inflorescences to grow out and down. The leaves of this orchid are a deep green, and are 7.9 to 24.0 inches (20 to 61 cm) long and 3.9 to 4.7 inches (10 to 12 cm) wide. The pseudobulbs are 1.6-2.2 inches (4.0 to 5.6 cm) long and deeply furrowed. This Stanhopea is also one of the more easily grown species and is readily available in the orchid nursery trade. Stanhopea ruckeri grows rapidly, and is a reliable bloomer every year. It produces several inflorescences at a time and quickly grows into a specimen plant. These attributes make this Stanhopea a good candidate to grow for a beginner, and several Stanhopea growers rate this species as the one that we should all have.
|Stanhopea ruckeri flower|