plant with many roots, fleshy, long, not very flexuous, glabrous.
Very short stem, completely enclosed by imbricating
Leaves fleshy, arcuate or pendent, at
cuneate base widening more or less abruptly in a limb obovate or elliptic,
sometimes asymmetrical, canaliculate above, slightly carinate below,
acute or obtuse of more than 12 cm. long and 5 cm. wide, often smaller.
Flower stalk rather thin, erect or
arcuate, little flowered, 5 to 9 flowers with the rachis in zigzag,
being able to exceed 14 cm.
Bracts alternate, ovate, cucullate, acute,
of 3 mm.
Small flowers, of 2 cm. Sepal dorsal
elliptic oblong-elliptic or rounded, acute or obtuse. Lateral sepals
oblique, obovate or sub-orbicular, acute or obtuse. Petals cuneate
at base then obovate or obovate-elliptic, obtuse.
3-lobed, joined with right angle with the column base by a very short
stalk. Lateral lobes directed outwards forwards, triangular, with
a distinct longitudinal fleshy keel. Midlobe mobile triangular-auriculate,
somewhat convex, acute or obtuse. Its base is provided of a very mean
gibbosity , semicircular, whose sides are fringed. At the junction
of the midlobe and lateral lobes one finds a fleshy projection, bilobate,
flattened, each lobe being forked. Short column, fleshy, at very dilated
base. Pedicellate ovary 15 mm or more long.
in 1864 by the reverend C.Parish who sent plants to Low company and
to botanical garden of Kew.
With E.S.Berkeley in two articles, one
in the Gardeners'Chronicle in 1887, the other in the
Orchid Review in 1893 one can take note of the following facts:
varieties I ever saw of this were in the mountain district, where
I found it in very damp positions growing on the branches of trees
hanging over the river; the branches on which the plants were growing
were covered with live moss, in which the roots grow freely, and the
plants were altogether much more robust than those found in the hills
and exposed to very unfavorable conditions during the dry season.
This plant and Phalaenopsis Lowii are frequently deciduous in the
country in which they grow; only a few plants in very favorable and
sheltered positions retaining their leaves during the dry season.
If the rain
set in late, before the leaves get a fait start, it is not unusual
to see the plant in flower before the leaves develop. It is generally
found on boughs of trees covered with moss; it is a subject to great
heat and moisture during the growing season. In cultivation it will
retain its leaves troughout the winter, if the moss at its roots is
kept slightly damp (no wet) during the resting season. To flower it
well it is necessary to start it as early as possible, so as to encourage
leaves growth. No doubt it flowers better when the leaf growth is
the plants keep their foliage the winter if one continues to maintain
them slightly wet, without any excess. This species requires more
light than other Phalaenopsis, and a permanent moisture of about 80