Moth Orchid Phalaenopsis sumatrana


Phalaenopsis sumatrana Korth. & Rchb. f. 1860 is an epiphtyic growing Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) species, native to the Malay peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo (Kalimantan) and the Philippines.

The genus name Phalaenopsis (Phalaen-like) has most likely been given because the orchids are reminescent of Phalaena moths in flight. Inflorescences of the Phalaenopsis sumatrana moth orchid get lengths up to 30 cm and carry multiple flowers. The slightly fragrant flowers get a size of about 7 cm in diameter. Flowering period: Spring - Autumn. Phalaenopsis sumatrana orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The tropical moth orchid requires intermediate to warm temperatures and is best cultivated in partial shade. Phalaenopsis sumatrana orchids should be kept humid, but not wet. Never cut the inflorescence, before not completely dried out, as it may rebloom several times.

Moth Orchid Phalaenopsis sumatrana
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Image: Moth Orchid Phalaenopsis sumatrana
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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