Phalaenopsis braceana

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Bhutan, China, Himalayas, Myanmar, Vietnam

Phalaenopsis braceana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from a number of locations, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas, where these miniature orchids can be found growing atop trees, on the edges of forests.

This Phalaenopsis species naming is in question, as some botanists believe that Phalaenopsis braceana plants are actually members of another species – Phalaenopsis taenialis.  The inflorescences of Phalaenopsis braceana plants display variable colourations, which only adds to the confusion – Phalaenopsis braceana plants are also confused with Phalaenopsis honghenensis and other Phalaenopsis species.

In the wild, Phalaenopsis braceana grows as a deciduous orchid species; these orchids lose their leaves during the drier winter season.  The Phalaenopsis braceana specimens that are grown in cultivation usually enjoy more favourable growing conditions, which enables cultivated plants to often retain their leaves, throughout the year.  However, this is not a leafy orchid species, plants may hold one or two leaves at a time – this is perfectly normal for Phalaenopsis braceana plants.

Phalaenopsis braceana thrives in areas that are lit by low, indirect, filtered light.  Harsh light may scorch this plant.   This miniature Phalaenopsis species flourishes when the plants are grown in very humid conditions.

You can follow photographs of the Phalaenopsis braceana specimen that’s growing inside my Orchidarium, in an article I’ve written about the Phalaenopsis species that are growing inside my Orchidarium.  This article follows this Phalaenopsis braceana specimen, as the plant’s flowering stem develops and as the flowers open – here’s a link.

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