Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba is the white flowered form of Phalaneopsis equestris. Many of the orchids I write about are miniature or even mini-miniature sized; however, Phalaenopsis equestris is a small sized orchid species, which forms plants that grow too large in size for this orchid species to be considered for planting inside many terrariums and orchidariums.
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba is the white flowered form of Phalaenopsis pulcherrima. This is a small sized orchid species. Plants usually grow as a terrestrial or lithophytic plants; although Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba can also be grown as an epiphyte.
Phalaenopsis japonica is small sized orchid species that produces very attractive, lemon scented inflorescences, during spring and summertime. The greenish-white flowers are handsomely decorated with pink markings that cover the flower’s lip and these compliment the somewhat variable maroon markings that highlight the blooms’ sepals and petals.
This orchid species’ specific epithet (the second part of the orchid species’ name) – japonica means that this orchid species is from Japan.
Phalaenopsis sumatrana is a small to medium sized orchid species. Please note that I usually write about miniature orchids that are much more easily accommodated inside terrariums and orchidariums. If you want to grow Phalaenopsis sumatrana inside a terrarium or vivarium, you will need a very large enclosure to provide sufficient room for this orchid species.
The common name for this orchid species is the Sumatran Phalaenopsis.
This is a natural form of Phalaenopsis that’s found in the wild, in Thailand. Phalaenopsis thailandica f. aurea is the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis thailandica. This miniature sized orchid species is often known simply as Phalaenopsis thailandica Yellow Lip, a reference to the plant’s yellow and white blooms. The contrast in this orchid’s flower’s colouring is the only difference between the two forms of this orchid species.
Phalaenopsis pallens is a small sized orchid species that hails from the Philippines. This is an epiphytic orchid species that grows upon trees in forested areas of Palawan, Bataan, Bukidnon, and Mindanao. Plants thrive in warm to hot temperatures and high humidity.
The name of this orchid: ‘Phalaenopsis pallens’ means the ‘pale Phalaenopsis’, which refers to this orchid’s yellow coloured flowers.
Phalaenopsis pantherina is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic, or lithophytic orchid species, which originates from the humid, mountainous forests of Borneo and Indonesia, where this orchid can be found growing upon the branches of trees and on moss covered rocks.
Phalaenopsis pantherina produces rather wonderful, zig-zaged flowering stems, which hold this orchid species’ eye catching flowers. This orchid’s wax like flowers display exotic looking spotted markings, which resemble the markings on a panther’s coat – hence this orchid species’ common name of the Panther-like-Phalaenopsis, the specific epithet of this orchid’s botanical name also references this similarity.
Phalaenopsis lindenii is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. This beautiful orchid is sadly now endangered, threatened by those who have taken wild plants to sell to the local and international orchid trade. Like many other orchids, Phalaenopsis lindenii is threatened by human activities. The increasing population in Luzon has led to greater housing construction in the areas where these plants grow.
Phalaenopsis pulcherrima is a terrestrial, lithophytic, and at times epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in a wide range of locations including: Vietnam, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Cambodia.
In its native environment, Phalaenopsos pulcherrima grows as a terrestrial orchid, in free draining, sandy soils. This orchid can be found growing in areas that enjoy both the shelter of trees, shrubs, and taller plants, yet receive bright sunlight and good air circulation.
Phalaenopsis pulchra is a rather charming epiphytic orchid species from the Philippines. The second part of this orchid’s botanical name – the specific epithet – is taken from the latin ‘pulcher’ which means beautiful. Plants produce vibrant, rather glamorous, shocking pink flowers which have a polished, glossy sheen. This is a very popular and beautiful orchid. Phalaenopsis pulchra produces vivid pink flowers that really have the wow factor, but this plant is very handsome even when it’s not in bloom, its smooth leaves are held with a certain elegance and poise.
Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis is an epiphytic orchid species from Sumatra, where this small to medium sized orchid can be found growing upon trees in forested areas. Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis plants produce quite striking flowers. The reddish brown markings displayed over the soft yellow coloured petals have a resemblance to Chinese lettering – this orchid species’ common name is the Chinese Character Phalaenopsis – which is very apt.
Phalaenopsis fasciata is a species of epiphytic orchid, which originates from the Philippines, where this small sized orchid species can be found growing on trees, alongside rivers.
Phalaenopsis fasciata is a small sized orchid, but it’s larger than many of the miniature orchids in my planting lists and may be too large for your terrarium. This orchid species requires warm to hot temperatures, bright filtered light, and high humidity, with a drier rest period during the winter months in order to flourish.
I tend to focus my attentions on miniature and mini-miniature sized orchids; however, Phalaenopsis equestris is a larger orchid species. This is a small to medium sized orchid, which grows too large to be considered inside any small or medium sized terrariums or bottle gardens. Phalaenopsis equestris is an epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Taiwan and the Philippines.
These orchids thrive in warm temperatures.
Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, and other regions, where this small sized orchid can be found growing upon rocks, trees, or other plants, in various environments, from areas of forest near rivers and in lowland locations. Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ plants can be found growing in both exposed and sheltered locations, with quite different light levels and conditions in their native environments.
Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’ is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, and other regions, where this small sized orchid can be found growing upon rocks, trees, or other plants, in various environments, from areas of forest near rivers and in lowland locations. Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’ plants can be found growing in both exposed and sheltered locations, with quite different light levels and conditions in their native environments.
Phalaenopsis cochlearis is both an epiphytic and lithophytic orchid species that originates from Malaysia and Borneo, where this small sized orchid grows on limestone rocks and upon trees in forests. This orchid’s common name is the ‘spoon like Phalaenopsis’ – referring to this orchid species flower’s spoon-like concave lip. Phalaenopsis cochlearis‘s pretty, soft yellow blooms produce a light, but pleasing citrus fragrance.
Phalaenopsis chibae is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Vietnam. I’d describe Phalaenopsis chibae as a miniature to small sized orchid species.
Phalaenopsis chibae displays rather large, dark reddish-purple coloured leaves, which have an attractive glossy sheen, they’re really quite reflective.
This miniature orchid species produces tall flowering stems that feature ten or more, red-orange, orange and yellow coloured flowers, which are very small in size – this Phalaenopsis species’ inflorescences are much smaller than most Phalaenopsis blooms – even those produced by much smaller plants.
Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’ is a small to medium sized epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Philippines. In terms of this plant’s naming, Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana is the name of this orchid’s species, while the ‘Woodlawn’ part of this plant’s name, refers to the fact that this particular plant is a clone of a particularly good performing plant within the species.
I have found that Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’ plants favour growing in a humid environment, in warm to hot temperates, under diffused, filtered light.
Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ is a small to medium sized orchid species; this particular flowered form originates from the Municipality of Aparri, in the Philippines. It’s an epiphytic orchid species, that grows upon the branches and trunks of trees, in forested areas. This form of Phalaenopsis equestris differs from the species in the colour of the plant’s flowers – the lip is a reddish-orange-pink.
Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia is a form of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which produces rather cute, white and yellow coloured flowers. This miniature orchid’s pastel yellow coloured blooms are very pretty indeed. This particular orchid is the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii.
Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia blooms from late winter, through to mid to late spring. Spring is this Phalaenopsis species’ main flowering time, but this miniature orchid may bloom twice a year or more, given favourable growing conditions.