Phalaenopsis aphrodite Rchb.f 1862 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Phalaenopsis Benth 1883 Photo courtesy of Allen Black.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Aphrodite's Phalaenopsis [Goddess of Fertility] - In China Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 3" or less [7.5 cm or less]

Occurring from Taiwan to the Philippines in primary and secondary forests at elevations of 0-1000 feet. It closely resembles P. amablis but differs in the red lip disc, the triangular mid lobe and it's smaller flowers of about 3" [7.5 cm] instead of the 4" [10 cm] flowers of P. amablis. The flowering season is from December until April on a lateral, 3' [90 cm] long, racemose or paniculate many flowered inflorescence with small bracts and likes it with shady, humid conditions.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis amabilis Lindl. 1838; Phalaenopsis amabilis subvar. dayana (Warner & B.S.Williams) Ames 1908; Phalaenopsis amabilis subvar. erubescens (Burb.) Ames 1908; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var ambigua [Rchb.f] Burb 1882; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var aphrodite [Rchb.f] Ames 1908; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var aphrodite subvar erubescens [Burb] Ames 1908; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var dayana Hort ex Warn 1881; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var erubescens [Burb] Burb 1882; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var formosana Shim 1921; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var longifolia Don 1845; Phalaenopsis amabilis [L. & Rchb.f] Blume var rotundifolia Don 1845; Phalaenopsis ambigua Rchb.f 1862; Phalaenopsis aphrodite subsp. formosana Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis aphrodite var dayana Veitch 1891; Phalaenopsis babuyana Miwa 1941; Phalaenopsis erubescens Burb 1876; Phalaenopsis formosana Miwa 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as P ambigua; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No3 1958 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 5 1974 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 2 1987 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 3 1991 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo as P formosanum; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & Wood 1994 excluded taxa; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 1 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 4 1999 photo; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/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; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illusttrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;

Phalaenopsis aphrodite subsp. formosana Christenson 2001 Photo By Pieter Brouwer and his P Base Orchid Photo Website

SynonymsPhalaenopsis babuyana Miwa 1941; Phalaenopsis formosana Miwa 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009;

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