Miniature Orchid Phalaenopsis lobbii


Phalaenopsis lobbii (Rchb. f.) H.R. Sweet 1980 is an epiphytic growing miniature orchid species native to the Himalayas, India (Sikkim), Bhutan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Inflorescences get a length of about 10 cm and carry just 1 or 2 small flowers. Flowers get a size of just 1,5 cm in diameter. The tropical orchid may flower several times a year, with a peak in spring. Phalaenopsis lobbii orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The miniature orchid requires warm - hot temperatures and is best cultivated in partial shade. Plants should be kept moist, but not wet. Waterings should be restricted during the winter rest from November - January. In 1870 German botanist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach (1823-1889) described and named the miniature orchid in honour to the British plant collector and botanist Thomas Lobb (1811 - 1894) Phalaenopsis parishii var. lobbii Rchb. f. 1870. The American orchid specialist Herman Royden Sweet (1909-1992) changed the botanical name in the year 1980 to Phalaenopsis lobbii.

Phalaenopsis lobbii
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