Phalaenopsis speciosa Rchb. f. 1881 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Zebrinae Pfitz 1889 Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

var imperatrix Rchb.f 1882 Photo by Ramon de los Santos

var christiana Rchb.f 1882 Photo by Charles Wilson

Fragrance Full shadeHot to Warm LATESpring EARLYWinter

Common Name The Beautiful Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 2.1" [5.5 cm]

Found on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands at low elelvations as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with flattened roots, a short stem enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 4 to 5, elliptic-obovate, tapered at the base, acute to obtuse, convex leaves that blooms in the late spring through earler winter on a arching to subpendant, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, racemose or paniculate inflorescence with showy, very fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis speciosa subvar. christiana (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent 1891; Phalaenopsis speciosa subvar. imperatrix (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent 1891; Phalaenopsis speciosa var. christiana Rchb.f 1882; Phalaenopsis speciosa var. imperatrix Rchb.f. 1882; Phalaenopsis speciosa var. maculata Gower 1890; Polychilos speciosa (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966 drawing; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as P specieosa var christiana; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as P speciosa var imperatrix; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P speciosa var christiana; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P speciosa var imperatrix; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 as P speciosa var christiana; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 as P speciosa var imperatrix; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo not = P tetraspis; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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