Unique island bloom
Sanibel resident Joe Salatino has been raising orchids for over 50 years and recently bloomed a new species for the first time, the Stanhopia Jenischiana. An exotic orchid, which may not have ever bloomed before on the island, he reported that they are found in the rain forests of Central and South America and as far away as Trinidad. The species was discovered by – and named after – a British horticulturist with the last name of Stanhope who first discovered it in the late 1700s. The orchid thrives in moderate sunlight and humid conditions and puts off a wonderful scent to attract insects for pollination, but only remains open for several days. Salatino noted that the orchid is unique in that it puts out a bloom spike that grows down from the plant and the flowers look like birds in flight.