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Orchid Species: Phalaenopsis gigantea

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Phalaenopsis gigantea is an orchid species identified by J.J.Sm. in 1909.
Phalaenopsis (Phal.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
ORIGIN: Found in Sabah, Borneo, and Sarawak, in lowland to hill forests at elevations of sea-level to 400 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Large sized, warm to hot growing, understory epiphyte has short stems completely enveloped by persistent, imbricating leaf sheaths and carrying 5 to 6, pendulous, leathery, shiny on both sides, elliptic to oblong-ovate, shiney, bluish green, obtuse leaves that can bloom at any time but mostly in the late summer and early fall on a 6 to 15 [15 to 40 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, pendulous, many flowered inflorescence with small, triangular bracts and sweetly fragrant, simultaneously opening flowers. The inflorescence if still green and undamaged can flower for several seasons so it is best to leave them on.

FLOWER SIZE: 1 1/2 to 2 3/4 inches [3.75 to 7 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Polychilos Polychilos gigantea 1982 (J.J.Sm.) Shim
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Phal. gigantea 'Barbarossa' (4 awards in 2011) Phal. gigantea 'Harford' (3 awards from 1981 to 1982) Phal. gigantea 'Starship' (2 awards in 2015) Phal. gigantea 'Kay' (2 awards in 2013) Phal. gigantea 'Peter' (2 awards in 2011) Phal. gigantea 'Leslie Keller' (2 awards in 2011) Phal. gigantea 'Mike's - Dwight's Magnifico' (2 awards in 2010) Phal. gigantea 'Tejas' (2 awards in 2007) Phal. gigantea 'Roman' (2 awards in 2004) Phal. gigantea 'Beaudreaux' (2 awards in 2000) Phal. gigantea 'Creole' (2 awards in 1990) Phal. gigantea 'Magnificent' (2 awards in 1988) Phal. gigantea 'Texas' (2 awards in 1988) Phal. gigantea 'Merrilee' (2 awards from 1971 to 1976) Phal. gigantea 'Keng Hoe' (2 awards in 1968) Phal. gigantea 'Flying Partridge' (2 awards in 1967) Phal. gigantea 'Amelia' (2018) Phal. gigantea 'Dinah' (2018) Phal. gigantea 'Crystal Star' (2017) Phal. gigantea 'Meir #1' (2014)
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