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Phalaenopsis tetraspis Four Sheild Phalaenopsis


Four Sheild Phalaenopsis , Phalaenopsis tetraspis


Phalaenopsis tetraspis Rchb.f. 1868 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Zebrinae Pfitz 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Fragrance Full shade Warm to Hot Spring

Common Name The Four Sheild Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Sumatra, the Andaman Islands and Nicobar islands at elevations near sea level as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying obovate, shortly acute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below to the basally clasping leaves where Spring is the blooming season on an arching, lateral, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, many flowered inflorescence with a fractiflex rachis that is longer than the leaves with small triangular, concave floral bracts and 4 to 8, fleshy, glossy, fragrant flowers where they are hot to warm growing orchids that like high humidity and regular waterings year round.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis barrti King ex Hook. f. 1895; Phalaenopsis imperati ?;Phalaenopsis speciosa var tetraspis [Rchb.f] Sweet 1968; Phalaenopsis sumatrana var alba Wilson 1915; Polychilos speciosa (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982