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Phalaenopsis pallens Pale Colored Phalaenopsis


Pale Colored Phalaenopsis , Pale Colored Phalaenopsis


Phalaenopsis pallens [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name Pale Colored Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.5 to 4 cm]

A dwarf, hot growing, Philippine, epiphytic species from altitudes around 500 meters that is similar to P. lueddemanniana but is distinguished by the the callus which has 2 forward facing bifid projections, one in front of the other. The short stem is covered by distichous, leaf-bases carrying distichous, elliptic to obovate, fleshy, drooping, rounded or obtuse and obscurely unequally bilobed apically leaves. It blooms on a lateral, slender, 5 to 7" [12 to 17 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, one to few [4] flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves, and has a fractiflex rachis with small ovate-triangular, acute bracts with somewhat delicate, waxy flowers occuring in the fall, winter and early spring. The old inflorescnece if green and undamaged can bloom for several years so do not remove them unless they are turing brown.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis denticulata Rchb. f. 1887; Phalaenopsis foestermannii Rchb.f 1887; Phalaenopsis lueddemannia var. pallens Burb. 1882; Phalaenopsis mariae var. alba Ames & Quisumb. 1935; Phalaenopsis mariae var alba Burbidge ex Warner ?;Phalaenopsis pallens f. alba (Ames & Quisumb.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis pallens f. fourmaniana O.Gruss 2001; Phalaenopsis pallens var. alba [Ames & Quis] Sweet 1969; Phalaenopsis pallens var. pallens [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864; Phalaenopsis pallens var. trullifera Sweet 1968; Polychilos pallens (Lindl.) Shim 1982; Stauropsis pallens Rchb. f. 1860; *Trichoglottis pallens Lindley 1850