Phalaenopsis pantherina Rchb. f. 1864 SUBGENUS Phalaenopsis SECTION Polychilos [Breda] Rchb.f

Photo by Nik Fahmi

Fragrance WinterSummer

Common Name The Panther-Like Phalaenopsis [refers to the spots on the flower] - In Borneo "The Crocodile Tail Orchid"

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

Found in Borneo in lowland to mixed montane forests in the canopy of tall trees as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte from sealevel to 800 meters in elevation with extremly thick, white roots and a short stem that is leafy throughout carrying oblong to narrowly oblong-elliptic, obliquely obtuse and sublobulate, pale green leaves and blooms in the winter and summer on a basal, to 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, racemose or few branched, terete, fleshy, strongly flattened, few flowered inflorescence with fleshy, distichous floral bracts and carries successively single, somewhat sweetly fragrant, waxy flowers.

Synonyms Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi var. pantherina (Rchb.f.) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Polychilos pantherina (Rchb. f.) Shim 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 drawing fide; The Genus Phalaenopsis Sweet 1980 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 19/20 1129 - 1264 Brieger 1988; Orchid Species Culture "P" Bakers 1991; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Phaleanopsis, A Monograph EA Christenson 2001 drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Wood & Beeman etal 2001; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #4 2002 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #4 2019 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #1 2020 photo fide