Phalaenopsis kunstleri Hook. f. 1890 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f

Photo by Lourens Grobler.


Common Name Kunstler's Phalaenopsis [Orchid Collector in Malaysia 1800's]

Flower Size 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm]

Found in Malaysia and Myanmar in humid lowland forests at elevations of 300 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with 2 to 4 leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a suberect to arching, arching, paniculate to seldon branched, slowly elongating to 16" [to 40 cm] long, 2 to 3 at a time, few to several flowered inflorescence.

The flower can be somewhat fragrant at night or have no fragrance.

Very similar to P fuscata but differs in the short, squat column that is constricted at the middle.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis fuscata var kunstleri hort.?; Polychilos kunstleri (Hook.f.) P.S.Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 3 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Phaleanopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide