An orchid with a white chocolate like fragrance has bloomed in the Estepona Orchid House. The effort in producing such a characteristic and powerful smell shortens the duration of its flowering, which is usually not more than three days.
It is the first time that this species, â€˜stanhopea oculataâ€™, commonly known as the The Eye-Spot Stanhopea, has bloomed in the Estepona Orchid House, and it is a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty and spectacular nature of this specimen, as it needs a favourable habitat for it to flourish. Its native habitat extends from Mexico, throughout Central America, to Colombia and Venezuela.
The curator of the Botanical-Orchid Park, Manuel Lucas, explained that although this species is not the largest within this genus, its flowers are particularly slender and elegant. “With a variable colouration that can range from white
ivory to beige, dotted with small circles and specks of dark red, the labellum is orange-yellow, very intense, with two dark spots on one side and the other, hence its epithet â€œoculataâ€â€.
The Estepona Orchid House is one of the main tourist attractions in the town and is considered one of the most important in Europe.