Phalaenopsis kunstleri Hook. f. 1890 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Fuscatae Sweet 1968 Photo by Lourens Grobler.


Common Name Kunstler's Phalaenopsis [Orchid Collector in Malaysia 1800's]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

Found in Malaysia and Myanmar at low to moderate elevations in humid lowland forests as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with 2 to 4 leaves that blooms in the fall on a suberect to arching, slowly elongating to 16" [to 40 cm] long, 2 to 3 at a time, few to several flowered, paniculate inflorescence.

Very similar to P fuscata but differs in the short, squat column that is constricted at the middle.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis fuscata var kunstleri hort.?; Polychilos kunstleri (Hook.f.) P.S.Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 3 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Phaleanopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide