Phalaenopsis micholitzii Rolfe 1920 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f

Photo by Eric Hunt

Fragrant Full Shade Hot Warm Summer

Common Name Micholitz's Phalaenopsis [German Orchid Collector SE Asia 1800's]

Flower Size 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm]

Found in the Philippines low down on tree trunks or lianas near rivers at elevations of 50 to 900 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with fleshy, oblong to oblanceolate leaves that blooms in the summer on an axillary, short, .4 to 2" [1 to 5 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying fleshy, cupped, slightly fragrant flowers .

Synonyms Polychilos micholitzii ( Rolfe ) P.S.Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 1 1966 Drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #4 1969 drawing fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 drawing/photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 5 1999 photo; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Phalaenopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide