Phalaenopsis lowii Rchb.f 1862 SUBGENUS Proboscidioides [Rolfe] E. A. Christensen 2001 Photo by Lourens Grobler .

Side View of Flower Photo by Orchidfoto.com.

FragranceFull shadeHot to Warm SummerAND Fall

Common Name Low's Phalaenopsis [English Orchid Gardener and collector 1800's]

Flower Size about 2" [5 cm]

A hot to to warm growing, miniature epiphyte or sometimes lithophyte with deciduous leaves from Myanmar, Thailand and Borneo found in conjunction with limestone rocks at elevations around sealevel to 800 meters near rivers with an erect or ascending stem enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying elliptic, obovate or oblong-elliptic, fleshy, acute or obtuse leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a lateral, arcuate to pendant, 10 to 15" [25 to 37.5 cm] long, racemose or rarely paniculate, laxly many flowered inflorescence with small triangular bracts and fragrant, fleshy, long-lived flowers that have an extremely long, beak-like rostellum.

This species experiences a long drought in nature which causes it to shed it's leaves especially when growing as a lithophyte, in pot cultivation it is best to grow it wetter and keep 3 to 5 leaves for optimum growing.

Synonyms Doritis lowii (Rchb.f.) T.Yukawa & K.Kita 2005; Phalaenopsis lowii f. alba O.Gruss 2001; Phalaenopsis proboscidioides Parish ex Rchb.f 1868; Polychilos lowii (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1868 drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 3 1969 drawing; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing good; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 9 1996 photo; Phalaenopsis A Monograph E A Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide

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