Phalaenopsis fimbriata J.J. Sm. 1921 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Fimbriate Phalenopsis refers to the fimbriate trichomes on the mid-lobe of the lip

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 4 cm]

Found on the Islands of Java, Sumatra and Sarawak in hill forests at elevations of 790 to 1300 meters on limestone cliffs in moss and on trees in dappled sun as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped by persistent, imbricating leaf sheaths carrying suberect, oblong-elliptic to elliptic obovate, acute or obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a recurved, 11" [27 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, laxly many flowered inflorescence with small ovate-triangular bracts and has simultaneous opening, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis fimbriata f. alba O.Gruss & Roellke ex Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis fimbriata subsp. sumatrana (J.J.Sm.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis fimbriata var. sumatrana J.J.Sm. 1932; Phalaenopsis fimbriata var. tortilis O.Gruss & Roellke 1992; Polychilos fimbriata (J.J. Sm.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 1 1969 drawing; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P fimbriata var sumatrana photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 3 1985 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 as P fimbriata f alba; *Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 as P fimbriata subsp sumatrana; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011