Phalaenopsis fuscata Rchb. f. 1874 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION
Fuscatae Sweet 1968 Photo by © S. J. Hardy
Common Name Darkened Phalenopsis - refers to the dark splotches
on the lower halves of the sepals and petals
Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]
Found in the shady lowland and hill forests of Sumatra,
Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines? at elevations of
sealevel to 1000 meters on trees near streams in shady forests as a
small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a stem
enveloped completely by imbricate leaf sheaths with a few to
several, spreading, deflexed, obovate-oblong, thick acute leaves.
This species produces yellow flowers with orange brown barring, and
the lip is unusual. The sepals tend to be rolled backwards and are
cupped. The orchid flowers in the spring and summer on a lateral, to
18" [45 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, many flowered
inflorescence with fragrant, waxy flowers and opening successively
over a long period. The inflorescence has small bracts and 2 to 3
flowers per branch.
Synonyms Phalaenopsis denisiana Cogn. 1899; Polychilos fuscata (Rchb.
f.) Shim 1982