Phalaenopsis pulchra (Rchb. f.) H.R. Sweet 1968 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another View Photo by Joseph Dougherty


Common Name The Beautiful flowered Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5-6 cm]

A Philippine, small sized, hot to warm growing, ascending, epiphytic species found on eastern mountain slopes at elevations of 100 to 650 meters with very short stems enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying suberect, arcuate, oblong-elliptic to narrowly obovate, acute or subobtuse leaves that blooms in the fall on a lateral, suberect to arcuate, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, laxly few flowered inflorescence, shorter that the leaves, with small, triangular, acute, short floral bracts and fragrant, fleshy, star-shaped, magenta-purple flowers.

It does at times produce a much longer to 2' [to 60 cm] inflorescence that does not produce flowers, instead it produces apical keikis.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana subvar. pulchra (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent 1891; *Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra Rchb. f. 1875; Phalaenopsis luedemmannia var purpurea Ames & Quis. 1932; Polychilos pulchra (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 12 1968 as drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 34 #8 1970 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 1 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 4 1974 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as P lueddemannia var purpurea drawing/photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;