Phalaenopsis pulcherrima [Lindley] J.J.Smith 1933 SUBGENUS Parishianae [Sweet} Christenson SECTION Esmeralda Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Lighter Color Form Photo by Jesus Cid

Another Color Form Peloric Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Full shadeWarmTo Hot LATESummerTHROUGH Fall

Common Name Yhe Beautiful Doritis - In Thailand - Ya Dawk Hin - Ma Wing - In China Wu Chun Lan

Flower Size 1/2 to 2" [1.25 to 5 cm]

A hot to warm growing lithophytic or terrestrial orchid in sandy soils found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, Myanamar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Yunnan China, Vietnam, Borneo and Sumatra at elevations of 100 to 1300 meters in evergreen, lowland forests along canyons of montane streams and rivers in bright humid environments with a short, leafy stem, carrying oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, obtuse to subacute leaves a simple, erect to 3' [90 cm] tall, inflorescence carrying many flowers of which to 10 may be open at oncc with the inflorescence lengthening as the bloom season lenghtens.

Occuring in all of Southeast Asia and requires even watering and fertilizer through out the year. It is the same as Phalaenopsis in it's cultural necessities yet requires more light to flower well.

Synonyms Doritis pulcherrima Lindley 1832; Doritis pulcherrima f. alba O.Gruss & Roeth 1999; Doritis pulcherrima f. albiflora (Rchb.f.) Roeth & O.Gruss 1999; Doritis pulcherrima f. apiculata Aver. 2009; Doritis pulcherrima f. caerulea (Fowlie) O.Gruss & Roeth 1999; Doritis pulcherrima f. nivea Aver. 2009; Doritis pulcherrima f. purpurea Aver. 2009; Doritis pulcherrima var. caerulea Fowlie 1969; Doritis pulcherrima var. apiculata Aver. 2009; Doritis pulcherrima var. laotica O.Gruss 2009; Phalaenopsis antennifera Rchb.f 1879; Phalaenopsis buyssoniana Rchb. f. 1888; Phalaenopsis esmeralda Rchb.f 1874; Phalaenopsis esmeralda var. albiflora Rchb.f. 1877; Phalaenopsis esmeralda var. candidula Rolfe 1890; Phalaenopsis esmeralda var. punctulata Cogn. 1904; Phalaenopsis esmeralda var rubra Hort. ex Stein 1892; Phalaenopsis mastersii King & Pantl. 1897; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima [Lindley] J.J.Smith 1933; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. alba (O.Gruss & Roeth) E.A.Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. albiflora (Rchb.f.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. caerulea (Fowlie) Christenson 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Phalaenopsis esmeralda; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1896 as Phalaenopsis antennifera drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Phalaenopsis esmeralda; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Doritis wightii drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Phalaenopsis esmeralda; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Phalaenopsis esmeralda drawing good; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing as Phalaenopsis esmeralda; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 10 1958 drawing as D wightii; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing, photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 10 1962 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as P mastersii; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 22 Schlechter/Brieger 1989 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 12 1997 photo; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 7 2002 photo; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 photo fide; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 as P pulcherrima f alba; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 as P pulcherrima f albifora; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 as P pulcherrima f caerula; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 photo;A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 4 2007 photo; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Phalaenopsis pulcherrimaphoto fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide

Doritis pulcherrima f. alba O.Gruss & J.Roeth 1999 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by

A white color form of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Phalaenopsis esmeralda var albida; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001

Synonyms Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. alba (O.Gruss & Roeth) E.A.Christenson 2001

Phalaenopsis pulcherrima f. caerulea (Fowlie) Christenson 2001; Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

A blue color form of the previous species.

Synonyms Doritis pulcherrima f. caerulea (Fowlie) O.Gruss & Roeth 1999; Doritis pulcherrima var. caerulea Fowlie 1969;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 drawing fide

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