Phalaenopsis natmataungensis (T.Yukawa, Nob.Tanaka & J.Murata) Dalström & Ormerod 2010 SUBGENUS Parishinae SECTION Aphyllae Sweet

Plant and Flowers

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Fragrant Full shadeCoolSpring

Common Name The Nat Ma Taung Phalaenopsis [A National Park in Myanmar that includes Mt Victoria]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in western Myanmar in seasonable, subtropical, disturbed forests at elevations around 1700 to 1950 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying deciduous [usually not present at flowering], patent, fleshy, conduplicate, deep green, elliptic-obovate, obtuse to obliquely obtuse, mucronate cuneate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the spring on a suberect to pendent, terete, dull green mottled with purple, peduncle 1.68 to 4.2" [4.2 to 10.5 cm] long, 3 to 4 sheathed, rachis to 1.4" to 4.2" [3.5 to 10.5 cm] long, subdensely 4 to 16 flowered inflorescence carrying patent, fleshy, fragrant flowers.

The species is closely related to P stobartiana but can be distinguished by the mottled sepals and petals, the differently shaped ridge of the lateral lobes of the lip, the broadly obovate midlobe of the lip and the thick, exerted ridge of the midlobe. P braceana also is close to the species but is distinguished by the distinct spur and a differently shaped lip. The leaves are deciduous after flowering." W Higgins 2019

Synonyms *Doritis natmataungensis T.Yukawa, Nob.Tanaka & J.Murata 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Acta Phytotax. Geobot. 60 (3): 167–170 T.Yukawa, Nob.Tanaka & J.Murata 2010 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide