Phalaenopsis pantherina Rchb. f. 1864 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f 1864 Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

Fragrance WinterSummer

Common Name The Panther-Like Phalaenopsis [refers to the spots on the flower] - In Borneo "The Crocodile Tail Orchid"

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Borneo in lowland to mixed montane forests in the canopy of tall trees as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte from sealevel to 800 meters in elevation with extremly thick, white roots and a short stem that is leafy throughout carrying oblong to narrowly oblong-elliptic, obliquely obtuse and sublobulate, pale green leaves and blooms in the winter and summer on a basal, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, racemose or few branched, terete, fleshy, strongly flattened, few flowered inflorescence with fleshy, distichous floral bracts and carries successively single, somewhat sweetly fragrant, waxy flowers.

Synonyms Polychilos pantherina (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 drawing; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Phaleanopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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