Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica ( Sweet 1969)
The Hieroglyphic Phalaenopsis
Distribution : Philippines. Islands of Palawan, Luzon, Polillo

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.hieroglyphica (Rchb.f. 1887)

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.palawensis (Quisumbing 1953)

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var.surigadensis (Hort)

Polychilos hieoroglyphica (Shim 1982)
     Epiphytic plant, pendent in nature ?, sub-erect in culture.
     Stem short, completely covered whit imbricating leaf-sheaths.
     Roots coarse, fleshy, not very flexible, glabrous.
     Leaves few to many, rather coriace, oblong-ligulate, acute or obtuse, with conduplicate base, more than 30 cm long, 9 cm wide.
     Flower stalk sub-erect or arcuate, simple or branched, longer than the foliage, very flowered.
      Bracts ovate, cucullate, acute, of 5 mm long.
      Flower with strong texture and of long duration, 5 to 6 cm. Sepal dorsal elliptic or ovate-elliptic, acute, dorsally ducted at apex. Lateral sepals identical to dorsal sepal, but slightly oblique, with more prominent hull dorsal finishing in a peak sharp-edged.

    Petals with cuneate base, ovate-elliptic, acute, seldom apiculate.
     Lip 3-lobed, a little shorter than the petals, briefly pedicellate. Oblong-linear lateral lobes with truncated apex, emarginate, dotted of a semi-globulous callus about their middle. Wedge-shaped or fan-shaped midlobe, slightly denticulate at the apex. Starting from is base, the midlobe is provided of a keel continued to an ovoid callus densely covered prominent hairs. The disc between the lateral lobes is provided of an semi-cylindrical callus, fleshy, glabrous, ending in many acicular fingers turned forwards. At the junction of the lateral lobes and midlobe one notes the presence of a pair of more or less forked appendices.
     Column slightly arcuate, cylindrical, of more than 12 mm long.
Pedicellate ovary to 2 cm long.

Lip of Phal.hieroglyphica (Sweet)


      The backround colour of the flower varies from white to cream, sometimes tips of segments can be green or with green suffusions. Sepals and petals are richly decorated with marks grooves more or less dark, consistent in many small points alternating with bars or circles.

      Flowering of very long duration, estival, continuing in autumn. The flowers have the effect of opening out simultaneously.

       An increasing day lenght may be at origin of the flowering time.

       Different from Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana by its great dimension and the architecture of the callus located between lateral lobes. More superficially, its colouring is single.

       Not recognized for hybrids registration until 2003. Crossed with Phalaenopsis pulchra is parent of an hybrid known under the name of Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana arlington.

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana arlington
     Cultivated for the first time in Europe by Low in 1887, with specimens sent by Boxall


Average temperature humidity and pluviometry, evolution relating to the Philippines on the sea level (area of Surigao)