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Phalaenopsis stuartiana Stuart's Phalaenopsis


Stuart's Phalaenopsis , Phalaenopsis stuartiana


Phalaenopsis stuartiana Rchb.f. 1881 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Phalaenopsis Benth 1883 Photo courtesy of Joji Lapuz.

Common Name Stuart's Phalaenopsis [English Orchid Gardener 1800's]

Flower Size 2 to 3 1/2" [5-9 cm]

From the warm humid forests of the island of Mindano in the Philippines at elevations up to 300 meters, this medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species with short stems enveloped by imbricating leaf bases and carrying a few, arcuate to pendant, elliptic-oblong, fleshy, obtuse, mottled green leaves and blooms in the winter and spring on a branching, to 3' [90 cm] long, arcuate to pendant inflorescence with ovate-cucullate bracts, that can carry up to 100, faintly fragrant flowers and is a small growing epiphyte with marbled leaves, that needs shade, humidity and even watering year round. Pot or mount these orchids while the root tips are actively growing, but take care not to damage them too much.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis schilleriana Subvar. vestalis [Rchb.f] Veitch 1891; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var. alba Roeblen 1890; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var. vestalis Rchb.f 1882; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var. stuartiana [Rchb.f] Burb.1882; Phalaenopsis stuartiana f. nobilis (Rchb.f.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis stuartiana f. punctatissima (Rchb.f.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis stuartiana var bella Rchb.f 1888; Phalaenopsis stuartiana var. nobilis Rchb.f. 1881 ; Phalaenopsis stuartiana var. punctatissima Rchb.f. 1882