Stanhopea impressa inflorescence
This is the first to bloom of three clones that I have, so there may be more variation in the species than at first glance. Stanhopea impressa is a mid summer bloomer and tends to bloom after a related species S. embreei which has a fantastic fragrance. Stanhopea impressa is easy to care for here in southern California and requires cool to intermediate temperatures to perform well. The horticultural requirements are similar to other Stanhopea species such as S. tigrina, though the species tends to perform better with more shade and water.