with short stem completely enclosed by imbricating leaf-sheaths.
Roots long, flexible, sinuous, with greenish
Leaves between 3 and 5, elliptic-oblong,
from 8 to 16 cm long, from 4 to 8 cm wide.
Flower stalk simple, sub-erect, green,
cylindrical, shorter than the foliage (7 to 11 cm) carrying from two to
five flowers opening out successively.
Bracts concave, triangular, greenish,
from 6 to 8 mm.
Flowers from 2,5 to 3,5 cm . Dorsal
sepal oblong-elliptic, obtuse. Lateral sepal divergent , acute, recurvate,
convex, dorsally careened towards the apex, slightly larger than the dorsal
sepal. Petals obovate-oblong, acute, much narrower than the sepals and
slightly shorter. Lip 3-lobed, twice shorter than the petals. Quadrangular
lateral lobes, drawn up with truncated and bidentate apex presenting a
thickening in their medium. Subacute midlobe, with very prominent longitudinal
keel, glabrous. The disc at the junction of the lateral lobes is provided
bifides superimposed callus without divergent appendices, the lower callus
being developed more.
Standard column of Zebrinae with
Pedicellate ovary from 1,8 to 2 cm
The color background of floral segments
vary from clear yellow to white more or less greenish, they are transversely
marked bands of cinnamon color, fines, irregular, presenting a certain
similarity with the ideograms of the Chinese writing. The keel of the
midlobe, white, is on both sides decorated with two dark red bands . The
teeth of the midlobe are of brilliant yellow/orange.
Confusion is difficult with other
Phalaenopsis of the same section, midlobe callus being glabrous.
The description of the species mentions
a foliage with the corrugated limbs. It was to be a question of a particular
specimen, this characteristic missing at the other plants of the species.
It's a Phalaenopsis "of altitude". One
finds it in the neighbourhoods of 900 meters. Still rare in culture.