Phalaenopsis lindenii

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, Philippines

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.  Plant-rich ecosystems and forest areas have been destroyed to clear areas for farming.  This orchid species needs greater protection.  Please do not purchase plants that have been collected in the wild.

Phalaenopsis lindenii is a small sized orchid species, that features mottled, spotted green leaves.  This orchid species produces very pretty, white and pale pink coloured flowers, the strength of the colour of this orchid species’ flowers can vary, with some plants producing flowers that are significantly paler in colour than others, so much so that their blooms appear almost white in colour.

In its native environment, Phalaenopsis lindenii enjoys temperatures that range from a low of around 15C (59F) at night, with a maximum temperature of 25C (77F) during the hottest part of the day.  Phalaenopsis lindenii requires a humid environment to flourish, especially during the summer months, when the humidity naturally rises in this orchid species’ natural environment.  Phalaenopsis lindenii thrives in cooler temperatures than many other Phalaenopsis.

You can follow my Phalaenopsis lindenii specimen as this plant grows, develops, and flowers, from March 2018 to April 2019, in this update, here.

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