The Stanhopeinae subtribe includes several spectacular genera found across much of Central and South America. Stanhopea, Gongora, Coryanthes and Acineta are the genera commonly associated with this group in the trade. Species in this group characteristically exhibit clustered pseudobulbs topped with long leaves which will eventually fall off with age. They are often best grown in hanging baskets that will permit their exotic sprays of flowers to hang down below the plant as in nature. Their flowers can be short lived, but their otherworldly appearance and powerful, heavenly fragrances makes up for their ephemeral nature. Many species are vigorous growers that benefit from regular watering in the summer, and can be grown outdoors during the warmer months.