Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis Fowlie 1983 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f

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Common Name The Chinese Character Phalaenopsis

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [3.5 cm]

Found in central Sumatra on forest trees at elevations below 914 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an abbreviated stem carrying 3 to 5, elliptic-oblong, undulate leaves that blooms in the summer on a racemose, decurved, 3 to 4.4" [7.5 to 11 cm] long, 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with persistent triangular bracts carrying sequentially opening flowers with only 2 to 3 open at a time.

This species is often cited as a synonym of P sumatrana but differs in having smaller flowers and no tuft of hairs on the distal tip of the labellum and the calli arise from a basal thickening and are very difficult to see even under magnification.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis sinensis Hort. 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 1 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 4 1985 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide