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Phalaenopsis lobbii Lobb's Phalaenopsis


Lobb's Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis lobbii


Phalaenopsis lobbii (Rchb. f.) H.R. Sweet 1980 SUBGENUS Parishianae [Sweet] Christensen 2001 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Full shade Warm  MOSTLY Spring

Common Name Lobb's Phalaenopsis [English Orchid Collector in India 1800's] - In China Luo Shi Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 1" or less [2 cm]

A native of the eastern Himalayas, northeastern India, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanamar and Vietnam in piedmont or evergreen lowland forests on rough barked trees or humid, mossy, mixed and coniferous forests on mossy branches of old gnarled trees at elevations of 366 to 1200 meters as a dwarf, hot to warm growing epiphytic species with broad elliptic leaves about 4 to 6 cm long. The lateral, 4" [10 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, few flowered inflorescence with small bracts that bear from 3 to 7 sequentially opening flowers. The flowers are small, white with sepals larger than the petals. The lip is big with a tan colored stripe. Do not keep this plant very wet from November to mid January. They can flower more than once a year but most often in the spring.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis decumbens [Griff]Holtman var lobbii ?; Phalaenopsis listeri Berkley 1887; Phalaenopsis lobbii (Rchb. f.) Aver. 1988; Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia Christenson 2001; *Phalaenopsis parishii var. lobbii Rchb. f. 1870; Polychilos lobbii (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982