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Orchid Species: Phalaenopsis equestris

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)
Phalaenopsis equestris is an orchid species identified by (Schauer) Rchb.f. in 1850.
Genus
Phalaenopsis (Phal.)
Grex
equestris
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Schauer) Rchb.f.
Year
1850
ORIGIN: Found from the Philippines and southern Taiwan as a small sized epiphyte near streams in hot valleys at an altitude of sea-level to 300 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Small sized epiphyte. It is a hot growing, monopodial epiphyte with a short stem enveloped by several limbricating leaf bases and carrying to 5, fleshy, recurved, oblong-elliptic to oblong-ovate, acute or subobtuse leaves that is highly adaptable to various environments and is easy to grow. This species has a habit of making keikis and can rebloom out of old spikes and can continue to send off branches so they are best left uncut. They appreciate a drier winter although never left to dry out completely. Flowers are possible at almost any time of the year although the peak is Sept. through April on a suberect to arcuate, to 12 [30 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, denesly many flowered inflorescence with small, purple bracts and successive opening flowers. The apex of the inflorescence can at times produce a plantlet.

FLOWER SIZE: 1 inch [1.5 to 3 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Phalaenopsis Phal riteiwanensis 1934 Masam.
Add+ Phalaenopsis Phal rosea 1848 Lindl.
Add+ Stauroglottis Stauroglottis equestris 1843 Schauer
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