Phalaenopsis taenialis

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Asia, Assam, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Himalayas, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Vietnam

Phalaenopsis taenialis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from a number of locations, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas.  In teh wild, these miniature orchids can be found growing at the tops of trees, on the edges of forests.

Please note that I previously listed my Phalaenopsis taenialis plants as Phalaenopsis braceana (which is the name I purchased this plant as)The inflorescences of Phalaenopsis taenialis plants display variable colourations, which adds to the confusion when it comes to identification – Phalaenopsis taenialis plants are also confused with Phalaenopsis honghenensis and other Phalaenopsis species.

In the wild, Phalaenopsis taenialis grows as a deciduous orchid species; these orchids lose their leaves during the drier winter season.  The Phalaenopsis taenialis 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 taenialis plants and does not necessarily indicate a problem.

Phalaenopsis taenialis 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 taenialis 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 taenialis specimen, as the plant’s flowering stem develops and as the flowers open – here’s a link.

To continue following this plant’s journey and see this same Phalaenopsis taenialis specimen’s next two flowerings inside my Orchidarium, please click here.

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