Phalaenopsis parishii

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, Assam, China, Himalayas, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Phalaenopsis parishii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from the Eastern Himalayas, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.  Phalaenopsis parishii grows at up to 500m above sea level, where this quite charming little orchid can be found growing upon moss laden trees, on branches that cascade over streams and rivers, or upon trees, growing in areas near water.

In its native environment, Phalaenopsis parishii plants would naturally experience a drier season in winter.  To enable this orchid species to survive this challenging reduction in moisture – in the wild – Phalaenopsis parishii is a deciduous orchid species; plants drop their leaves, as winter approaches.  However, when this same orchid is grown in cultivation, with more favourable growing conditions, Phalaenopsis parishii plants will normally retain their leaves, throughout the year.  That said, if your Phalaenopsis parishii plant drops its leaves, don’t be too hasty to relegate it to the compost bin, you may be lucky – your plant could survive!

Phalaenopsis parishii produces noticeably flattened, elongated roots – these are a distinctive feature that can help to identify this orchid species at any time of year.  Phalaenopsis parishii produces super cute blooms, this orchid’s flowers are simply adorable!  Phalaenopsis parishii flowers are large in relation to the diminutive size of the plant.  This miniature orchid’s flowers are white with pink-purple-mauve markings, they are utterly charming.

I have a number of Phalaenopsis parishii plants whose flowers are not perfumed – I say this with certainty, having examined these Phalaenopsis parishii specimens at almost every time of day and night, during every flowering.  Thankfully, a couple of years ago, I managed (by chance) to purchase a couple of Phalaenopsis parishii plants that actually do produce scented flowers!

After I purchased this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen, I introduced this plant to my BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how well this miniature orchid grew inside this BiOrbAir terrarium in my Long-term review of the BiOrbAir (part four), this link will take you straight to the trial update which was written at the time when this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen was first introduced inside this terrarium.

As time passed, I moved this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen into another of my terrariums, you can follow this miniature orchid’s growth and development in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part four), and in the continuing trial updates that follow.

To head straight to the trial update that was written when this same Phalaenopsis parishii specimen first started producing a flower spike, during the plant’s second flowering, please click here.  Or to go straight to the trial update when this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen’s flowers opened for the plant’s second flowering, please click here.

To head straight to the trial update that was written while this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen showed the very first sign that it was about to start to produce a flower spike, as the plant’s third round of flowering commenced, please click here.

On the 12th November 2017, I moved this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen into my Orchidarium, so that I could grow this miniature Phalaenopsis species alongside a great number of Phalaenopsis species.  You can follow this same plant’s growth and development in this and the continuing updates for my Orchidarium.  To see this Phalaenopsis parishii specimen’s first flowering inside this Orchidarium, please click here.

To see this same Phalaenopsis parishii specimen’s continuing flowering period inside this Orchidarium, please click here.

To see this same Phalaenopsis parishii specimen’s third flowering inside this Orchidarium, please click here.

To continue following this same Phalaenopsis parishii specimen and see this plant’s latest flowering inside my Orchidarium, please click here.

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