The Modest Phalaenopsis {Phalaenopsis modesta}

May 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Modest Phalaenopsis {Phalaenopsis modesta}

The Modest Phalaenopsis {Phalaenopsis modesta} at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

The “Modest Phalaenopsis” is from Borneo and can be found growing in the montane forest at elevations from 50 to 900 meters (164 to 2,952 feet). It is a small epiphyte that likes warm and moist conditions. The stem is short, enveloped by several leaf-bearing sheaths which carry a few flowers on an arching pendant 12.5 to 15 cm long (5 to 6 inches). The flowers are small, 2.5 to 3.8 cm (1 to 1 1/2 inches) across and are strongly fragrant.

This orchid blooms in spring and fall. The flowering is irregular but they keep growing over a prolonged period. For a warm greenhouse, they may be planted in pots in shady and moist areas. Hybrids are available.

Generally, there are over 30,000 orchid species and about 100,000 hybrids. 2,500 to 3,000 species of orchids can be found in the wild in Borneo. Most wild orchids have little or no commercial value.  Some information is available on wikia {Orchids Wiki}.

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