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Phalaenopsis modesta Modest Phalaenopsis

 

Modest Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis modesta

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Phalaenopsis modesta J.J. Sm. 1906 SUBGENUS Polychilos SECTION Amboinenses Sweet 1968 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Modest Phalaenopsis [the flowers are partially obscured by the leaves]

Flower Size 1" to 1 1/2"

Found in Borneo in lower stature hill and lower montane forests low down or on the base and roots of trees near streams at elevations around 50 to 900 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by several leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a few, disitichous, fleshy, obovate to obovate-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and in the fall on a slender, arching to pendant, 5 to 6" [12.5 to 15 cm] long, racemose or occasionally sparsly branched, few to many flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaf with disitchous, ovate-lanceolate, cucullate floral bracts and carry a few, somewhat delicate, strongly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Polychilos modesta (J.J. Sm.) Shim 1982

 

 

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