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Phalaenopsis gigantea Gigantic Phalaenopsis


Gigantic Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis gigantea


Phalaenopsis gigantea J.J.Smith 1909 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Gigantic Phalaenopsis - refers to the large leaves

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2 3/4" [3.75 to 7 cm]

Found in Sabah, Borneo, and Sarawak, in lowland to hill forests at elevations of sealevel to 400 meters, this large sized, warm to hot growing, understory epiphyte has short stems completely enveloped by persistent, imbricating leaf sheaths and carrying 5 to 6, pendulous, leathery, shiny on both sides, elliptic to oblong-ovate, shiney, bluish green, obtuse leaves that can bloom at any time but mostly in the late summer and early fall on a 6 to 15" [15 to 40 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, pendulous, many flowered inflorescence with small, triangular bracts and sweetly fragrant, simultaneously opening flowers. The inflorescence if still green and undamaged can flower for several seasons so it is best to leave them on.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis gigantea f. decolorata (Braem ex Holle-De Raeve) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis gigantea var. aurea Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis gigantea var. decolorata Braem ex Holle-De Raeve 1991; Polychilos gigantea (J.J. Sm.) Shim 1982