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Phalaenopsis deliciosa Delicate Phalaenopsis


Delicate Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis deliciosa


Phalaenopsis deliciosa Rchb. f. 1854 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Deliciosae E. A. Christ 1986

Full shade Cool to Hot Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Delicate Phalaenopsis - In Thailand Katachaw - In China Da Jian Nang Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 1/2" to 3/4" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Some authors attribute this name to Kingidium decumbens and vice versa, but Kingidium decumbens is a misused name and really would be a synonym of Phalaenopsis parishii due to a mistake in taxomony a hundred years ago. Ranging from India to SE Asia, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines in riverine and lowland forests at elevations below 600 meters.

A miniature plant found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, Bangladesh, Eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Sikkim, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanamar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, the Philippines, Sulawesi and Sumatra in riverine forests at elevations below 600 meters that grows well mounted on cork or tree fern, is a cool to hot growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying, 3 to 6 oblong-lanceolate, undulate margins, apically slightly unequal leaves that blooms on an axillary, erect, racemose, to 8" [20 cm] long, often branching, many flowered inflorescence with the sequentially opening flowers facing all directions occuring at any time and more than once a year if well grown.

Synonyms Aerides latifolia Thw. 1861; Doritis hebe [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1913; Doritis latifolia [Thw.] Trim 1885; Doritis philippinensis Ames 1908; Doritis steffensii Schlechter 1911; Doritis wightii [Rchb.f] Benth & J D Hook 1883; Kingidium deliciosum (Rchb. f.) H.R. Sweet 1970; Kingidium deliciosum var bellum {teijsm & Binn 1993; Kingidium philippinenesis [Ames] O. Gruss 1995; Kingidium wightii [Rchb.f] Gruss & Rolke 1995; Kingiella hebe {Rchb.f] Rolfe 1917; Kingiella philippinensis [Ames] Rolfe 1917; Kingiella steffensii [Schltr.] Rolfe 1917; Phalaenopsis alboviolacea Ridl. 1893; Phalaenopsis amethystina Rchb.f 1865; Phalaenopsis bella Teijsm & Binn. 1862; Phalaenopsis hebe Rchb.f 1862; Phalaenopsis hebe var amboinensis J.J.Sm. 1917; Phalaenopsis wightii Rchb.f 1862