Phalaenopsis tetraspis Rchb.f. 1868 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Zebrinae Pfitz 1889 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of The Oman and His Orchid Website.

FragranceFull shadeWarm to Hot Spring

Common Name The Four Sheild Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Sumatra, the Andaman Islands and Nicobar islands at elevations near sea level as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying obovate, shortly acute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below to the basally clasping leaves where Spring is the blooming season on an arching, lateral, 12" [30 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, many flowered inflorescence with a fractiflex rachis that is longer than the leaves with small triangular, concave floral bracts and 4 to 8, fleshy, glossy, fragrant flowers where they are hot to warm growing orchids that like high humidity and regular waterings year round.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis barrti King ex Hook. f. 1895; Phalaenopsis imperati ?;Phalaenopsis speciosa var tetraspis [Rchb.f] Sweet 1968; Phalaenopsis sumatrana var alba Wilson 1915; Polychilos speciosa (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1868; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966; Indian Orchids A Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as P speciosa var tetraspis drwaing fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P speciosa var tetraspis drawing fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P sumatrana var alba; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 as P speciosa var tetraspis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 as P sumatrana var alba; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo/drawing; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 as P speciosa photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;