Paraphalaenopsis labukensis P.S. Shim, A. Lamb & C.L. Chan. 1981 Photo by Lourens Grobler



Common Name The Labuk River Paraphalaenopsis [Sabah in Borneo]

Flower Size 2.5" [6.2 cm] wide

This is a giant sized [in width], hot to warm, pendent growing epiphytic, terete-leafed species with, 3 to 5, pendulous, cylindrical, caniculate, fleshy leaves and blooms in the spring on an erect to pendulous, short to 3.2" [8 cm], axillary, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying cinnamon scented flowers. Paraph. labukensis occurs in Sabah Borneo (named after the Labuk valley) and grows on trees in hill forests on ultramafic rocks above valleys, at about 500 to 1000 meters in elevation; their leaves can exceed 2 meters in cultivation.

This orchid is similar in cultural requirements to Phalaenopsis but differ in needing to be mounted or in baskets to accomodate the pendant growth habit.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis labukensis (P.S.Shim, A.Lamb & C.L.Chan) P.S.Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 4 1981 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 21 1165 - 1328 Brieger 1988 ; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 11 1994 photo; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 2 2008 photo good; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide