Common name: Moon Orchid, Moth Orchid
Botanical name: Phalaenopsis amabilis Family: Orchidaceae
These plants are commonly referred to as "Moth Orchids" and are considered
among the easiest of the orchid family to care for as well as the most
recognizable. They are native throughout
southeast Asia from the Himalayan mountains to the islands of Polillo and
Palawan of the Philippines and northern Australia. Orchid Island off Taiwan is
named after this orchid.
Epiphytic plant , very variable, robust, pendent.
Stem short, robust, completely enclosed by imbricating leaf-sheaths. Few
leaves, seldom more than five, more in culture, fleshy or leathery, largely
obovate-oblong or elliptic or oval-elliptic or oblong-oblanceolate. Flower of
a white of snow, broad of 7 à10 cm, long duration, sometimes scented,
Very spread out sepals. Sepals and petals milky white, lip more or less marked
of yellow and red. Yellow callus with brown spots. White Lip, edges of the
midlobe and lateral lobes yellow or brown/yellow. More or less crimson at the
base of the lateral lobes and on the pedicel of the lip.