Stanhopea insigne x warscewzian is a cross of 2 spectacular Stanhopeas, both the parents are light in colour and we would expect some beautiful flowers from this cross. These seedlings have been growing very fast and are currently in 50mm tubes.
There are approximately sixty species in the genus Stanhopea, also commonly referred to as upsidedown orchids due to their habit of flowering from the bottom of there baskets. They are all native to Central America from Mexico south to Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. They are mainly found growing on steep mountain sides, trees and rocks but there are also a few terrestrial species. Although some of these species grow near sea level, others are found at altitudes up to 5000 m, so by no means are they all warm growers and some thrive in Melbourne in conditions suited ideally for Cymbidiums. Our Stanhopeas grow in baskets lined with paperbark and are suspended about 500 mm below the shade cloth roof (70% shade factor) of our Bulbophyllum house during both summer and winter.