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Phalaenopsis pulchra Beautiful flowered Phalaenopsis


Beautiful flowered Phalaenopsis , Phalaenopsis pulchra


Phalaenopsis pulchra (Rchb. f.) H.R. Sweet 1968 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Beautiful flowered Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5-6 cm]

A Philippine, small sized, cool to warm growing, ascending, epiphytic species found on eastern mountain slopes at elevations of 100 to 650 meters with very short stems enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying suberect, arcuate, oblong-elliptic to narrowly obovate, acute or subobtuse leaves that blooms in the fall on a lateral, suberect to arcuate, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, laxly few flowered inflorescence, shorter that the leaves, with small, triangular, acute, short floral bracts and fragrant, fleshy, star-shaped, magenta-purple flowers. It does at times produce a much longer to 2' [to 60 cm] inflorescence that does not produce flowers, instead it produces apical keikis.

Synonyms *Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra Rchb. f. 1875; Phalaenopsis luedemmannia var purpurea Ames & Quis. 1932; Polychilos pulchra (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982