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Stanhopea panamensis

Stanhopea panamensis has a strong chocolate like fragrance that I find delightful. However it is a bit on the strong side and when I took the plant indoors a friend that was visiting me complained that the fragrance was giving him a headache. Unfortunately the flowers are short lived and last in perfection only between four and five days. On the other hand the plant blooms several times during its blooming season. The inflorescence of this plant growns straight down so the plant can't be cultivated in a pot, it has to be in a basket that allows the inflorescence to develop properly.

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Taken on January 3, 2010