Phalaenopsis hainanensis

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, China, Hainan, Yunnan

Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a miniature, lithophytic orchid species, which originates from Hainan in China, where this orchid can be found growing on rocks.  Phalaenopsis hainanensis is critically endangered in the wild, if you’d like to grow this orchid species yourself, look out for plants grown in flasks, or grown as part of a plant conservation project, so you avoid purchasing any plants that are collected in the wild.

In its native environment, Phalaenopsis hainanensis grows as a deciduous orchid, but plants that are grown in cultivation, given the improved growing conditions and the regular supply of moisture and nutrients, may retain their leaves over winter.

Phalaenopsis hainanensis is very similar to Phalaenopsis stobartiana, consequently this plant’s naming is currently under review.  The plant you see pictured above was purchased as Phalaenopsis stobartiana.

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