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Phalaenopsis pulcherrima Beautiful Doritis


Beautiful Doritis, Phalaenopsis pulcherrima


Doritis pulcherrima Lindley 1832 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Full shadeWarmTo Hot LATE Summer THROUGH Fall

Common Name The Beautiful Doritis - In Thailand - Ya Dawk Hin - Ma Wing - In China Wu Chun Lan

Flower Size 1/2 to 2" [1.25 to 5 cm]

A hot to warm growing lithophytic or terrestrial orchid in sandy soils found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, Myanamar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Yunnan China, Vietnam, Borneo and Sumatra at elevations of 100 to 1300 meters in evergreen, lowland forests along canyons of montane streams and rivers in bright humid environments with a short, leafy stem, carrying oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, obtuse to subacute leaves a simple, erect to 3' [90 cm] tall, inflorescence carrying many flowers of which to 10 may be open at oncc with the inflorescence lengthening as the bloom season lenghtens and occuring in all Southeast Asia requiring even watering and fertilizer through out the year. It is the same as Phalaenopsis in it's cultural necessities yet requires more light to flower well.

Synonyms Doritis pulcherrima f. albiflora (Rchb.f.) Roeth & O.Gruss 1999; Phalaenopsis antennifera Rchb.f 1879; Phalaenopsis buyssoniana Rchb. f. 1888; Phalaenopsis esmeralda Rchb.f 1874; Phalaenopsis esmeralda var. albiflora Rchb.f. 1877; Phalaenopsis esmeralda var rubra Hort. ex Stein 1892; Phalaenopsis mastersii King & OPantl. 1897; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima [Lindley] J.J.Smith 1933; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. alba (O.Gruss & Roeth) E.A.Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. albiflora (Rchb.f.) Christenson 2001