Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica [Rchb.f] Sweet 1969 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Harvey Sachs

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens.

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Common Name The Hieroglyphic Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 2 to 3 1/2" [5 to 8.75 cm]

From the Philippines on the islands of Polillo and Palawan only at elevations to 500 meters in shady locales, this species is a medium sized, pendant growing epiphyte of hot and warm humid forests with a short stem enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying a few to many, somewhat coriaceous, oblong-ligulate, acute to obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring on a suberect to arching, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, few [3 to 4] flowered inflorescence with small ovate-cucullate bracts and long-lasting, glossy, showy, simultaneously opening flowers. The inflorescence if still green and undamaged can reflower year after year.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica f. flava O.Gruss 2009; Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana subvar. hieroglyphica (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent 1891; *Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. heiroglyphica Rchb. f. 1891; Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. palawensis 1953; Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. surigadensis 1965; Polychilos hieroglyphica (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 1 1969 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 3 1974 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 8 1980 photo as P leudemanniana var heiroglyphica; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 9 1981 photo as P leudemanniana var heiroglyphica; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 7 1985 photo as P lueddemanniana var hieroglyphica; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 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; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;

Synonyms Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica f. flava O.Gruss 2009 Photo courtesy of Timothy Choltco.

A colorless version of the previous species. Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica [Rchb.f] Sweet 1969 var alba

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;

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