Phalaenopsis schilleriana Rchb.f 1860 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Phalaenopsis Benth 1883 Photo courtesy Jay Pfahl.


Common Name Schiller's Phalaenopsis [German Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size less than 3 1/2" [8 to 9 cm]

Found on Luzon and other smaller surrounding islands of The Philippine archipelago in rainforests, high up on the trees, at elevations of 0 to 450 meters as a large sized, hot growing epiphytic plant with stout, short, stems enveloped by imbricate leaf bases carrying fleshy, elliptic, oblong-ellptic, to oblanceolate, obtuse, dark green mottled silver grey leaves, that blooms in the spring on a branching, arching to pendant, to more than 3' [90 cm] long, few to many [3 to 250] flowered inflorescence with small ovate-cucullate bracts carrying showy, delicate, fragrant flowers that can be quite stunning.

This orchid likes shade, good humidity and even watering year round and needs a mont instead of a pot to accomodate the pendent inflorescence.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis schilleriana f. immaculata (Rchb.f.) Christenson 2001; Phalaenopsis schilleriana f. purpurea (O'Brien) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Phalaenopsis schilleriana f. splendens (R.Warner) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var. advena Rchb.f. 1885; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var compacta nana Hort. 1890; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var delicata Dean 1877; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var grandiflora van Brero 1935; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var. immaculata Rchb.f. 1875; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var major J D Hook ex Rolfe 1886; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var odorata van Brero 1935; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var pallida Val & Tiu 1984; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var purpurea O'Brien 1892; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var splendens Warn. 1878; Phalaenopsis schilleriana var viridi-maculata Ducharte 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photos fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 7 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 NO 5 1964; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 7 1970 drawing; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 6 1974 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Swett 1980 as P schilleriana var immaculata; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 as P schilleriana var splendens; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 2 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 12 1982 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 7 1985 photo; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchid Digest Vol 51 No 2 1987 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 19/20 Schlechter/Brieger 1988 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 55 No 3 1991 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 57 Vol 3 1993 photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 4 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide;