Phalaenopsis pallens [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Lourens Grobler

and EARLY

Common Name Pale Colored Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.5 to 4 cm]

A dwarf, hot growing, Philippine, epiphytic species from altitudes around 500 meters that is similar to P. lueddemanniana but is distinguished by the the callus which has 2 forward facing bifid projections, one in front of the other. The short stem is covered by distichous, leaf-bases carrying distichous, elliptic to obovate, fleshy, drooping, rounded or obtuse and obscurely unequally bilobed apically leaves. It blooms on a lateral, slender, 5 to 7" [12 to 17 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, one to few [4] flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves, and has a fractiflex rachis with small ovate-triangular, acute bracts with somewhat delicate, waxy flowers occuring in the fall, winter and early spring. The old inflorescnece if green and undamaged can bloom for several years so do not remove them unless they are turing brown.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis denticulata Rchb. f. 1887; Phalaenopsis foestermannii Rchb.f 1887; Phalaenopsis lueddemannia var. pallens Burb. 1882; Phalaenopsis mariae var. alba Ames & Quisumb. 1935; Phalaenopsis mariae var alba Burbidge ex Warner ?; Phalaenopsis pallens f. alba (Ames & Quisumb.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis pallens f. fourmaniana O.Gruss 2001; Phalaenopsis pallens var. alba [Ames & Quis] Sweet 1969; Phalaenopsis pallens var. pallens [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864; Phalaenopsis pallens var. trullifera Sweet 1968; Polychilos pallens (Lindl.) Shim 1982; Stauropsis pallens Rchb. f. 1860; *Trichoglottis pallens Lindley 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as Stauropsis pallens; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 3 1969 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 3 1969 as P pallens var alba; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 3 1969 as P pallens var trullifera; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 3 1974 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P pallens var alba; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P pallens var denticulata; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P pallens var trullifera drawing fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991;Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 as P pallens var trullifera; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 photo; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as P pallens f alba photo fide;

Phalaenopsis pallens var. denticulata [Lindley]Rchb.f 1864 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Differs in aving brown spots or broken lines on the cream sepals as well as 2 to 3 parallel purple, magenta lines on either side of the white midlobe.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 3 1969 drawing; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

Phalaenopsis pallens var. trullifera Sweet 1968 Photo by The Phalaenopsis Website

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing fide; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001

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