Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica [Rchb.f] Sweet 1969 SUBGENUS Polychilos
SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo courtesy of Oak Hill Gardens.
Common Name The Hieroglyphic Phalaenopsis
Flower Size 2 to 3 1/2" [5 to 8.75 cm]
From the Philippines on the islands of Polillo and Palawan only
at elevations to 500 meters in shady locales, this species is a
medium sized, pendant growing epiphyte of hot and warm humid forests
with a short stem enveloped by imbricating leaf bases carrying a few
to many, somewhat coriaceous, oblong-ligulate, acute to obtuse
leaves that blooms in the spring on a suberect to arching, 12" [30
cm] long, racemose or paniculate, few [3 to 4] flowered
inflorescence with small ovate-cucullate bracts and long-lasting,
glossy, showy, simultaneously opening flowers. The inflorescence if
still green and undamaged can reflower year after year.
Synonyms *Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. heiroglyphica Rchb. f.
1891; Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. palawensis 1953; Phalaenopsis
lueddemanniana var. surigadensis 1965; Polychilos hieroglyphica (Rchb.
f.) Shim 1982