Phalaenopsis deliciosa Rchb. f. 1854 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Deliciosae E. A. Christ 1986

Plant and Flower Photos by Milan Vágner

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full shadeWarm to HotWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Delicate Phalaenopsis - In Thailand Katachaw - In China Da Jian Nang Hu Die Lan

Flower Size 1/2" to 3/4" [1.5 to 2 cm]

A miniature plant found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, Bangladesh, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Sikkim, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, the Philippines, Sulawesi and Sumatra in riverine forests at elevations below 600 meters that grows well mounted on cork or tree fern, is a warm to hot growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying, 3 to 6 oblong-lanceolate, undulate margins, apically slightly unequal leaves that blooms on an axillary, erect, racemose, to 8" [20 cm] long, often branching, many flowered inflorescence with the sequentially opening flowers facing all directions occuring at any time and more than once a year if well grown.

Some authors attribute this name to Kingidium decumbens and vice versa, but Kingidium decumbens is a misused name and really would be a synonym of Phalaenopsis parishii due to a mistake in taxomony a hundred years ago. Ranging from India to SE Asia, Java, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines in riverine and lowland forests at elevations below 600 meters.

Synonyms Aerides decumbens Griff 1851; Aerides latifolia Thw. 1861; Aerides latifolium Thwaites 1864; Biermannia decumbens (Griff.) T. Tang & F.T. Wang ex G. Merr. & Metcalf 1945; Doritis deliciosa (Rchb.f.) T.Yukawa & K.Kita 2005; Doritis deliciosa subsp. hookeriana (O.Gruss & Roellke) T.Yukawa & K.Kita 2005; Doritis hebe [Rchb.f] Schlechter 1913; Doritis latifolia [Thw.] Trim 1885; Doritis latifolia Benth. & Hook. f. 1889; Doritis philippinensis Ames 1908; Doritis steffensii Schlechter 1911; Doritis wightii [Rchb.f] Benth & J D Hook 1883; Doritis wightii [Rchb.f]Benth. 1889; Kingiella decumbens [Griff]Rolfe 1917; Kingiella hebe (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1917; Kingidium decumbens (Griff.) P.F. Hunt 1970; Kingidium deliciosum (Rchb. f.) H.R. Sweet 1970; Kingidium deliciosum var bellum {teijsm & Binn 1993; Kingidium philippinenesis [Ames] O. Gruss 1995; Kingidium wightii [Rchb.f] Gruss & Rolke 1995; Kingiella hebe {Rchb.f] Rolfe 1917; Kingiella philippinensis [Ames] Rolfe 1917; Kingiella steffensii [Schltr.] Rolfe 1917; Phalaenopsis alboviolacea Ridl. 1893; Phalaenopsis amethystina Rchb.f 1865; Phalaenopsis bella Teijsm & Binn. 1862; Phalaenopsis decumbens [Griff]Holtman 1947; Phalaenopsis deliciosa f. alba (O.Gruss) Christenson 2008; Phalaenopsis deliciosa subsp. hookeriana (O.Gruss & Roellke) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis hebe Rchb.f 1862; Phalaenopsis hebe var amboinensis J.J.Sm. 1917; Phalaenopsis wightii Rchb.f 1862; Polychilos decumbens (Griff.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 as P hebe; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1868 as P hebe drawing; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 as Doritis wightii drawing ok; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as Doritis wightii; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as P hebe; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as P hebe drawing fide; Flora Of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as P decumbens; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as K decumbens drawing photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Kingiella decumbens; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 as P decumbens photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 11 1984 drawing; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Die Orchideen lieferung 23 Schlechter/Brieger 1990 as Kingidium deliciosum drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as Kingidium deliciosa photo ok; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991 as Kingidium deliciosum; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 as Phalaenopsis decumbens photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 2 1994 photo as Kingidium deliciosa; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 as Kingidium deliciosum drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as Kingidium deliciosum; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 1 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 12 2001 photo; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 as P deliciosa subsp hookerianaphoto fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 as Kingidium deliciosum photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as Kingidium deliciosa photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 as Kingidium deliciosum photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002 as Kingidium deliciosum; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as P deliciosa var hookeriana; ; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as Kingidium deliciosum photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 71 No 1 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 1 2007 photo; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Kingidium deliciosa drawing fide/photo ok; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 as Kingidium deliciosum photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 as Kingidium deliciosum photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Kingidium deliciosum photos fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide

Phalaenopsis deliciosa subsp. hookeriana (O.Gruss & Roellke) Christenson 2001 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Deliciosae E. A. Christ 1986

Photo by Kjell Nillson

Synonyms Kingidium deliciosum ssp hookeriana [Gross & Rolke] Christensen 2001; Kingidium hookerianum O.Gruss & Roellke 1994; Kingidium hookerianum O.Gruss & Roellke 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002

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