Phalaenopsis fuscata Rchb. f. 1874 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f

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Common Name Darkened Phalenopsis - refers to the dark splotches on the lower halves of the sepals and petals

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in the shady lowland and hill forests of Sumatra, peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines? at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters on trees near streams in shady forests as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a stem enveloped completely by imbricate leaf sheaths with a few to several, spreading, deflexed, obovate-oblong, thick acute leaves. This species produces yellow flowers with orange brown barring, and the lip is unusual. The sepals tend to be rolled backwards and are cupped. The orchid flowers in the spring and summer on a lateral, to 18 to 24" [45 to 60 cm] long, racemose or paniculate, many flowered inflorescence with fragrant , waxy flowers that open successively over a long period. The inflorescence has small bracts and 2 to 3 flowers per branch.

Very similar to P kunstleri but differs mainly in the longer column.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis denisiana Cogn. 1899; Polychilos fuscata (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

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