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Orchid Species: Phalaenopsis violacea

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Phalaenopsis violacea is an orchid species identified by H.Witte in 1861.
Phalaenopsis (Phal.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
ORIGIN: Found in the Malaya peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra at elevations around 150 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, hot growing, pendulous epiphyte with a very short stem carrying 3 to 4, elliptical, obtuse, undulate gradually narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that varies from P bellina by being smaller leafed and with smaller flowers, as well as being easier to cross breed but the results are not as good as with P bellina which is a reluctant breeder from Borneo. P violaceae has extremely fragrant flowers occurring in the spring that are borne one by one in succession on a pendant, stout, jointed, fractiflex, 4 to 5 [10 to 12.5 cm] long inflorescence with a flattened, zigzag rachis with several [2 to 7], successive flowers with 2 to 3 open at any one time.

FLOWER SIZE: 1.4 inches [3.5 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 violacea 1982 (H.Witte) Shim
Add+ Stauritis Stauritis violacea 1862 (H.Witte) Rchb.f.
Add+ Stauropsis Sp violacea 1862 (H.Witte) Rchb.f.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Phal. violacea f. alba 'Akka' (6 awards from 2010 to 2011) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Multi' (5 awards from 2011 to 2018) Phal. violacea h.v. sumatrana 'Strub' (4 awards from 2013 to 2018) Phal. violacea 'Peggy Ozmer' (4 awards from 1961 to 1968) Phal. violacea 'Freddy' (3 awards from 1971 to 2002) Phal. violacea 'Borneo Moon' (3 awards from 1966 to 1967) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Kiel' (2 awards in 2018) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Strub' (2 awards from 2011 to 2016) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Hocheis' (2 awards in 2016) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Anja' (2 awards from 2010 to 2013) Phal. violacea 'Gerda' (2 awards from 2011 to 2013) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Gayle Nance' (2 awards in 2010) Phal. violacea f. alba 'Tejas Ghost' (2 awards in 2007) Phal. violacea f. alba 'SP White X'mas' (2 awards in 2007) Phal. violacea var. alba 'Marilyn' (2 awards in 1991) Phal. violacea 'Blue Blood' (2 awards from 1987 to 1988) Phal. violacea var. alba 'Botany Bay' (2 awards in 1988) Phal. violacea 'Maria Vasquez' (2 awards from 1983 to 1988) Phal. violacea 'Shamrock' (2 awards in 1984) Phal. violacea 'Harford's Orange' (2 awards in 1982)
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